Sexual assault on 12-year-old girl
Reports indicate that before she died, the young girl had identified her attacker and asked for God’s forgiveness upon him.
Following his release from prison, the child-killer would be back in a cell again – in a Capuchin monastery. He would die in a monastery, humbly and repentantly toiling for decades as a gardener, but would still be alive when his victim, Maria Goretti, was canonized as a saint in 1950.
Maria’s mother, then 82 years old, was present for the great event: the first woman to be present at the canonization of her daughter. She would die in 1954.
Today is the 104th anniversary of St. Maria Goretti’s death.