Maria was the daughter of a poor Italian widow. She was a very modest and pure young lady. One day a young man named Alesandro tried to make her sin. She resisted him as much as he could. He stabbed Maria 14 times before running away. She was taken to a hospital but died about 24 hours later. In her last hours she forgave her murderer.
On the day Maria Goretti was declared "Blessed" her own mother was there in Rome for the great celebration. When she was declared a saint more people gathered to honor her than had ever come for such a ceremony before. She is called a "martyr of holy purity."
Her feast day is July 6th. St. Maria Goretti, pray for us!
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