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Saints Maria Goretti

July 6. 1902 St. Maria Goretti

As a Saint she represents purity, youth , young Women,  rape victims.

Maria Goretti was born on  October 16 1890, On July 6, 1902 marks the date of her death. Her feast day is July 6. On April 27,1947  Maria Goretti was beautified by Pope Pious 12 . In June 24, 1950 she was canonized.

To be beautified means to :


Beatification (from Latin beatus, "blessed" \and facere, "to make") is a recognition accorded by the Catholic Church of a dead person's entrance into Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name.

As a young women, Maria Goretti was a victim of rape and abuse by an 18 year old kid.
One day Little Maria Goretti while sewing alone in her door step , she was approached by Alessandro. She fought back and yelled that she would prefer to die than submit to him. She cried out that rape was a sin. While she fought back, She was stabbed 11 times. Maria Goretti was able to forgive her rapist before her death the next night. She died starring at the Virgin Mary.



After 30 years of imprisonment, Maria Goretti appeared in her rapists dream. In his dream little Maria Goretti gave him a white Lily . The white Lily turned into flames.


According to Wikipedia:

Canonization is the act by which the Catholic Church or the Anglican Communion declare that a person who has died was a saint, upon which declaration the person is included in the "canon", or list, of recognized saints. Originally, persons were recognized as saints without any formal process. Later, different processes were developed, such as those used today in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Roman Catholic Church.