Waxed body of Saint Maria Goretti on tour

The waxed remains of 11 year old saint is currently on a 16 state tour in USA.

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The waxed remains of Saint Maria Goretti, the youngest saint to be canonized in catholic history is currently on a 16 state tour in USA.

Saint Maria Goretti, 11  is the patron saint of chastity, rape victims, girls, youth, teenage girls, poverty, purity, forgiveness and also called the Little Saint of Great Mercy.

Nikolai Medow, spokesman for St. Mary's Parish, said the timing of the tour coincides with Pope Francis' Year of Mercy, which begins Dec. 8 during the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Goretti's casket is touring the U.S., first making several stops in the Midwest, including Chicago and Northlake earlier this week.

Public viewings of the casket are available at both churches. At St. Francis of Assisi, the veneration is from 9 a.m. to midnight, Wednesday with a Mass at 7 p.m. In Plainfield Thursday, veneration is from 10 a.m. to the 11 p.m. night prayer. There will be a rosary at noon and 9 p.m., a Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3 p.m., and a Mass at 7 p.m.

Goretti was stabbed to death by her 20-year-old neighbour after she resisted his sexual advances for months.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis will be visiting Africa in November 2015 and Mexico in 2016

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