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Maria Goretti

Teenage Martyr

Teenage martyr for chastity

By: MacNiven-Johnston, Glynn

Format: A6 paperback

Dimensions: 10.5cm by 14.8cm

ISBN : 9781860820250

Number of Pages: 32

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Product Code: B398

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In 1902 in an Italian village a young girl, Maria Goretti, was murdered during a sexual attack. Her killer, Alessandro Serenelli, himself a teenager, was a close neighbour well known to her and her family. He had been threatening her for some time. What does it mean, how can it help, to say that she is a virgin and martyr? This is an often misunderstood and sentimentalised story. When many parents and teenagers strive for a balanced view of sexuality, of personal integrity, of Christian family life, and forgiveness to those who do irreparable harm, Maria's story speaks powerfully and authentically. It echoes John Paul's cry to today's youth - 'Do not be afraid to be saints!'

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27/07/2016

A simple and poignant biography of the life of a girl who has taught many how to forgive and how to love. What a great witness to so many young girls and boys about the great gift of chastity and forgiveness, and about the unwavering faith that we should all aspire to. Such a well written book, it is almost as though we are standing there as the events unfold. A great saint for any person choosing a confirmation name.