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St. Maria Goretti Ceramic Plaque

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Catalog Code: P125


Maria Goretti Ceramic Plaque

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(Mary, Marie, Marion, Marlena, Maureen, Moira, Mimi, Molly) [1890-1902], was an unselfish child from a poor family. She had a religious nature. She spent her time cooking, cleaning and caring for the younger children in her household. When she refused the advances of an 18-year-old familiar, after several attempts to sexually assault her, he stabbed her 14 times in a rage. Before she died, she prayed for his repentance, which she accomplished 8 years later in a vision. She was canonized as a martyr for the Christian Life and is Patron of boys and girls and victims of rape. Her feast is July 6.



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St. Maria Goretti

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/06
Tridentine Calendar - 07/05


Patron Of: Against Poverty, Children, Girls, Loss of Parents, Martyrs, Rape Victims, Teenagers

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Beautiful, pious farm girl, one of six children of Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. In 1896 the family moved to Ferriere di Conca. Soon after, Maria's father died of malaria, and the family was forced to move onto the Serenelli farm to survive.

In 1902 at age twelve, Maria was 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. Counted as a martyr.

While in prison for his crime, Allessandro had a vision of Maria. He saw a garden where a young girl, dressed in white, gathered lilies. She smiled, came near him, and encouraged him to accept an armful of the lilies. As he took them, each lily transformed into a still white flame. Maria then disappeared. This vision of Maria led to Alessandro's conversion, and he later testified at her cause for beatification.
Born
16 October 1890 at Corinaldo, Ancona, Italy
Died
choked and stabbed to death during a rape attempt on 6 July 1902 at the age of 12



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