St. Maria Goretti

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St. Maria Goretti
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Maria Goretti was born in 1890 at Corinaldo, a small village in Italy, was a happy and obedient child. When she was nine years old, her father died. Maria prayed each day for the strength to follow Jesus and avoid serious sin. Her devotion was simple and in keeping with her age, but the courage and fidelity in walking long distances to the nearest town to learn her Catechism indicated her solid character. The greatest test of her life was swift and sudden but not unannounced for two other occasions a young man of eighteen named Alexander tried to force Maria to sin. She refused, saying, I would rather die than sin.”
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Octave-Day of the Holy Apostles Sts. Peter and Paul

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Octave-Day St. Peter & Paul
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To-day Christian Rome brings the Octave of her great apostles to an end. The importance, however, of these grand figures was such that, in the Middle Ages, their birthday formed as it were the center of a special liturgical cycle.

Protestants have tried to set Paul above Peter, by attributing to the former, rather even that to Christ himself, the foundations of the Church. Catholic theology and the Catholic catechism suffice to protect the faithful from falling into such heresies as these. Christ founded the Church on Peter, but He disposed that among the apostles Paul should be the chief propagator of the Gospel, and the most important interpreter of divine revelation.
(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)