St Maria Goretti

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St Maria Goretti was born on the 16 October 1890 in Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy. She is well-known for being 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. She died 6 July 1902, the the age of 12. She is the patron saint of rape victims. While in prison for his crime, Allessandro had a vision of Maria, which led to his conversion and he later testified at her cause for her beatification. Maria was canonised in 1950 by Pope Pius XII.

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