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Body of Italian saint to be displayed at Madison church

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The body of an 11-year-old Italian girl murdered more than a century ago and declared a saint will be on display this week at a Madison church that bears her name.

Maria Goretti was stabbed by a neighbor during a sexual assault. She forgave her attacker on her deathbed.

In 1950, the Roman Catholic Church declared Maria Goretti a saint. Starting Friday morning, the body of the young saint will be available for public veneration at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Madison for 22 hours. The church will remain open for people to file by her glass-sided casket.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports thousands are expected.

Madison is one of two Wisconsin stops on the tour. From here, the body will travel to St. Mary's Visitation Church in Elm Grove.

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