Feast of St. Maria Goretti

St Maria Goretti is the patron saint of victims of crimes, but especially of rape.

She died defending her chastity, as her 20-year-old neighbour attempted to rape her, and, when she successfully resisted, stabbed her fourteen times, fatally wounding her.

She forgave him on her deathbed.

He repented years later, crediting her intercession for him.

She is venerated as virgin and martyr.

St. Maria Goretti, pray for us.
Amen.