CHICAGO -- The body of Saint Maria Goretti, the youngest canonized saint in Catholic history, is coming to Chicago as part of a 16-day tour in America.
The remains of the 11-year-old Italian girl who was stabbed to death while resisting a sexual assault will be on display for 24 hours at St. John Cantius Church in Goose Island before moving on to churches in Northlake, Orland Park and Plainfield.
As a symbol of mercy, St. Maria Goretti is believed to have forgiven her killer and appeared to him later as an apparition.
Rev. Joshua Caswell, a member of the religious order that runs St. John Cantius, told the Chicago Tribune that "Maria Goretti's story reads like a Chicago headline."
"What a summer of violence we've had," Caswell said. "We want to experience the forgiveness and healing not in theory but truly present among us. That's why we have her here is to experience that mercy."