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Saint Maria Goretti - the patron saint of chastity, rape victims, youth, teenage girls, poverty, purity and forgiveness. Feast day - July 6.

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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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Pray4Us2day #Saint Maria Goretti (Jul. 6) - Martyr, her mother and murderer attended canonization! Patron of rape and crime victims.

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from Get Fed | A Catholic Blog to Feed Your Faith

A Story of Great Mercy: St. Maria Goretti & Alessandro Serenelli

Photo of St. Maria Goretti attributed to February 13, 1902, about five months before her death.

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