ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Saint Maria Goretti was born into poverty in Italy on October 16, 1890. She was murdered at the age of 11. She is the Catholic Church's patron saint of youth, purity, and rape victims, and is the youngest saint ever.
It's a national tour that arrives at Belleville's Cathedral of St. Peter Monday.
Thousands are expected to view the relic inside of a glass-sided coffin.
The relic of St. Maria Goretti, the pilgrimage to the United States, and the stop in Belleville at the Cathedral of St. Peter is on Monday, October 19. The public veneration of St. Maria begins at 7 a.m. with a solemn Mass celebrated in St. Maria's honor at 7 p.m.
The public veneration ends at 11 p.m.