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Saint Maria Goretti
Patron Saint of Abused Children and Rape Victims
Feast Day - July 6

This is a print of my original. It is mounted on a 5 x 6 inch distressed wood board with a leather strap for hanging. Her story is on the back.

Maria Goretti was born a poor peasant child in Italy in 1890, the third of six children. When she was nine her father died of malaria and her mother took his place in the fields. The family was able to survive by working the fields of a Count, a job they shared with a man named Giovanni Serenelli and his teenager son Alessandro. Mr. Serenelli kept most of the profits from the farming, leaving the Goretti family quite poor and frequently hungry.

when Maria was 11 Alessandro attempted to rape her. After refusing his attempts he stabbed her 14 times! She died July 6. Alessandro went to prison for 30 years.
8 years later in prison St. Maria appeared to him and he had a conversion of heart.
When he was released from prison after serving 27 years, his first act was to travel to Maria's mother to beg her forgiveness. He then found a job as a gardener in a Capuchin monastery, a job he held for the rest of his life.

Along with 30 other witnesses, Alessandro testified as to Maria's sanctity during her Cause of Beatification. In 1950, she was canonized in a ceremony attended by a quarter million people, including her mother, the first mother ever to see her child canonized.

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