Saint Maria Goretti

July 6th is the Feast of St. Maria Goretti; although it is displaced by Sunday this year, we can (and should) still celebrate it privately.

Most people have heard about St. Maria Goretti because of her remarkable story and because of the fact that she is a relatively recent saint – she died in 1902 and was canonized in 1950. Her own mother attended her beatification and her killer attended her canonization. Read more here.

The tomb of St. Maria Goretti in Nettuno, Italy, photographed by me on November 29, 2012. The effigy inside the tomb contains her relics.

The tomb of St. Maria Goretti in Nettuno, Italy, photographed by me on November 29, 2012. The effigy inside the tomb contains her relics.

St. Maria Goretti is the patron saint of youth, young women, purity, and victims of rape.

St. Maria Goretti, pray for us!

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