Maria Goretti was a little Italian girl, almost twelve years old, martyred for the preservation of her purity. The young man who killed her was nineteen. He stabbed her with a dagger while she cried out in protestation of what he would do to her: “No! No! It is a sin! God does not want it!” Saint Maria Goretti is one of the glories of our century. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950.