n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Looking back at danger - women saints as role models (in the 50's and 60's) and celebrity role models of today

Volume 91, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



Maria Goretti was canonized by Pope Pius XII in June, 1950. In his homily Pius XII said of this Italian girl who died from multiple stab wounds a few months short of her twelfth birthday that she '...sacrifices her life without losing the glory of virginity backed up by celestial grace'. He went on to say that 'Thanks to this little girl ... childhood and youth learn to avoid unguarded moments made of fleeting joys, empty pleasures and charming vices'.

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