Saint's relics headed to Detroit, maybe to a prison

Sep 27, 2015 751

By Patricia Montemurri

The remains of a Catholic virgin martyr saint revered for forgiving her attacker before she died were on display today in a Philadelphia church visited by Michigan's papal pilgrims. And the relics will soon be coming to three Detroit-area parishes.

The relics of St. Maria Goretti, an 11-year-old killed in 1902 by a neighbor in an Italian village, are embedded in a silver box inside a wax likeness of her and displayed in a glass casket. She is considered the church's youngest saint and a model of mercy.

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