Veneration of St. Maria Goretti relics in Chantilly

The major relics of St. Maria Goretti will make a stop at St. Veronica Church in Chantilly as part of a special "Pilgrimage of Mercy" throughout the United States during the Year of Mercy.

Veneration of the relics will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 22, following the 8:15 a.m. Mass, and continue throughout the day. A solemn Mass will be celebrated at 7 p.m. and veneration will conclude at 10 p.m.

The Vatican recently announced that anyone who venerates the body during the tour may obtain a plenary indulgence if they go to Confession, receive the Eucharist, pray for the intentions of the pope and have the interior disposition of being detached from sin.

St. Maria died at age 11 after being stabbed 14 times by Alessandro Serenelli, a 20-year-old man who tried to rape her. Her final words were "I forgive Alessandro Serenelli…and I want him in heaven with me forever." Six years into his prison sentence, her attacker reported seeing an apparition of St. Maria and had a conversion experience.


Call 703-773-2000, St. Veronica Church, 3640 Centreville Road, Chantilly, or visit

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