St. Maria Goretti

VIRGIN AND MARTYR

Feast: July 6
 

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Feast Day: July 6
Born: October 16, 1890(1890-10-16), Corinaldo, Province of Ancona, Marche, Kingdom of Italy
Died: July 6, 1902 (aged 11), Nettuno, Province of Rome, Lazio, Kingdom of Italy
Canonized: June 24, 1950, Rome by Pope Pius XII
Major Shrine: Nettuno, Province of Rome, Lazio, Italy
Patron of: Crime victims, teenage girls, modern youth, Children of Mary

 

Virgin martyr and miracle worker in death. She was stabbed to death on July 6 while resisting the advances of the son of her father's business partner. Maria was born in Corinaldo, Italy, the daughter of a farmer who moved the family to Ferriere di Conca, near Anzio. There Alexander Serenelli, a youth who lived in the same house, tried to seduce the young Maria. When she refused him, Alexander stabbed her repeatedly. Arrested for the murder, he was imprisoned and experienced a vision of Maria. Her cuase was opened becuase she was credited with some forty miracles after her death. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII (r. 1939-1958) in 1950, as a model of purity. Alexander attended her canonization.

(Taken from Our Sunday Visitor's Encyclopedia of Saints)


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