This is the true story of a young girl's ultimate act of love. On her deathbed, eleven-year-old Maria Goretti forgave Alessandro Serenelli, the man who mortally stabbed her because she resisted his attempted rape. Alessandro was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering Maria. After eight years in jail he had no remorse. Eventually, as the years went on, he converted after Maria miraculously appeared to him in a dream, and joined a Capuchin monastery after his release from prison.
Shot on location in Italy, this moving account takes you on a historic and poignant journey through the life, martyrdom and canonization of the Roman Catholic Church's youngest saint, Maria Goretti. Maria's life and martyrdom in Italy's Pontine swamps at the beginning of this century comes to life through historic photographs, interviews with the saint s mother and never seen before film footage of the canonization ceremony.
Saint Maria Goretti understood the connection between God's mercy and rejecting the bitterness of vengeance through her fourteen flowers of pardon.
Duration: 60 minutes.
This is a Region 1 DVD (playable ONLY in Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, United States and U.S. territories).