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St. Maria Goretti - one of the youngest canonized saints ever. Patronness of children and purity.


Maria Goretti, 1890-1902, is a martyr of the Roman Catholic Church, one of the youngest canonized saints. She died from multiple stab wounds inflicted by her attempted rapist after she refused to submit to him. After his release, Alessandro Serenelli visited Maria's still-living mother, Assunta, and begged her forgiveness. Serenelli later became a laybrother of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, living in a monastery and working as its receptionist and gardener until dying peacefully in…

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"The Holy Eucharist is the perfect expression of the love of Jesus Christ for man." ~ St. Maria Goretti


Saint of the day: St. John Paul II venerating the sacred body of St. Maria Goretti shortly after his election as Supreme Pontiff in July 1979. Maria Goretti is unique in that she is the youngest canonized saint in the Church. She died tragically on July 6, 1902, at the age of eleven.

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Saint Maria Goretti - Roman Catholic Saint, Virgin Martyr, Patroness of Purity. One of the youngest canonized saints, she is remembered for unconditionally forgiving the man who attacked and mortally wounded her when she refused his sexual advances.