Photo of St. Maria Goretti attributed to February 13, 1902, about five months before her death.

A Story of Great Mercy: St. Maria Goretti & Alessandro Serenelli

Photo of St. Maria Goretti attributed to February 13, 1902, about five months before her death.

Mercy is Falling - The Maria Goretti Story

Mercy is Falling - The Maria Goretti Story

Portrait by Noah Buchanan depicting Alessandro receiving St. Maria’s forgiveness at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadaupe, La Cross, Wisconsin.

St. Maria Goretti was 11 years old when her 20 year old next neighbor Alessandro demanded her virginity by threatening her with violence. She was able to prevent him from violating her but in result she was stabbed fourteen times. She managed to live a few more days in the hospital. Her last words were, “I forgive Alessandro Serenelli … and I want him with me in heaven forever.” While Alessandro was in prison, St. Maria Goretti appeared to him in a dream offering him flowers. When he woke up…

St. Maria Goretti was 11 years old when her 20 year old next neighbor Alessandro demanded her virginity by threatening her with violence. She was able to prevent him from violating her but in result she was stabbed fourteen times. She managed to live a few more days in the hospital. Her last words were, “I forgive Alessandro Serenelli … and I want him with me in heaven forever.” While Alessandro was in prison, St. Maria Goretti appeared to him in a dream offering him flowers. When he woke up…

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