July 6 – Saint Maria Goretti: Patron Saint of Rape Victims

class="alignrightSaint Maria Goretti, Patron Saint of Rape Victims (Feast Date: July 6)

Extract from Saint Maria Goretti:  Beautiful, pious farm girl, one of six children of Luigi Goretti and Assunta Carlini. . . . the family was forced to move onto the Serenelli farm to survive.  In 1902 at age twelve, Maria was attacked by 19-year-old farm-hand Alessandro Serenelli. He tried to rape the girl who fought, yelled that it was a sin, and that he would go to hell. He tried to choke her into submission, then stabbed her fourteen times. She survived in hospital for two days, forgave her attacker, asked God’s forgiveness of him, and died holding a crucifix and medal of Our Lady. The vision of Maria in a dream led to Alessandro’s conversion, and he later testified at her cause for beatification.” See pictures of Saint Maria Goretti, Official Prayers to Saint Maria Goretti and video: Saint Maria Goretti.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Maria Goretti on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Rape in the Wake of the January 12, 2010 Earthquake in Haiti (Post-Earthquake) (America)  See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 29 – April 11, 2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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