Chance to venerate relics of St. Maria Goretti called ‘gift of lifetime’

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October 14, 2015

Worshippers venerate the relics of St. Maria Goretti at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago Oct. 12. The major relics, which are virtually all of the skeletal remains of the saint, known as the "patroness of purity," are on a U.S. "pilgrimage of mercy" this fall that will go to nearly 20 states. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World) See story to come.

Worshippers venerate the relics of St. Maria Goretti at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago Oct. 12. The major relics, which are virtually all of the skeletal remains of the saint, known as the “patroness of purity,” are on a U.S. “pilgrimage of mercy” this fall that will go to nearly 20 states. (CNS photo/Karen Callaway, Catholic New World)

CHICAGO (CNS) — For Mia Rocha, the opportunity to greet the relics of St. Maria Goretti at Chicago’s St. John Cantius Church Oct. 12 was the gift of a lifetime.

Rocha, 20, is a parishioner at St. John Cantius and chose St. Maria Goretti as her patron for confirmation.

“This is very personal for me,” said Rocha. “I’m hoping to spend all day here.”

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