Body of Italian saint to be displayed at Madison church

Oct 14, 2015 766

The body of an 11-year-old Italian girl killed more than a century ago and declared a saint will be on display this week at a Wisconsin church that bears her name. Maria Goretti was stabbed in 1902 by a neighbor during a sexual assault. She forgave her attacker on her deathbed and said she hoped she would be with him forever in heaven.

In 1950, the Roman Catholic Church declared Maria Goretti a saint. Starting Friday morning, the body of the young saint is scheduled to be available for public veneration at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Madison for 22 hours. The church will remain open for people to file by her glass-sided casket.

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