St. Maria Goretti, Virgin: Maria Goretti, 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.
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.