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St. Maria Goretti
July 6, Martyr


Source: Catholicsaints.info



     Memorial
    •    6 July
    •    formerly 5 July


    Profile
    •    Beautiful, pious farm girl, one of six children of Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. In 1896 the family moved to Ferriere di Conca. Soon after, Maria’s father died of malaria, and the family was forced to move onto the Serenelli farm to survive.


    •    In 1902 at age twelve, Maria was attacked by 19-year-old farm-hand Alessandro Serenelli. He tried to rape the girl who fought, yelled that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived in hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked God‘s forgiveness of him, and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady. Counted as a martyr.


    •    While in prison for his crime, Allessandro had a vision of Maria. He saw a garden where a young girl, dressed in white, gathered lilies. She smiled, came near him, and encouraged him to accept an armful of the lilies. As he took them, each lily transformed into a still white flame. Maria then disappeared. This vision of Maria led to Alessandro’s conversion, and he later testified at her cause for beatification.


    Born
    •    16 October 1890 at Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy




     Died
    •    choked and stabbed to death during a rape attempt on 6 July 1902 at the age of 12


    Venerated
    •    25 March 1945 by Pope Pius XII (decree of martyrdom)


    Beatified
    •    27 April 1947 by Pope Pius XII


    Canonized
    •    24 June 1950 by Pope Pius XII
    •    the ceremony was attended by 250,000 including her mother, the only time a parent has witnessed her child‘s canonization


    Patronage
    •    against poverty
    •    against the death of parents
    •    children
    •    girls
    •    martyrs
    •    poor people
    •    rape victims
    •    young people in general








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