The Italian nun who in 2000 was mortally and violently stabbed by three teenage girls, apparently fascinated by satanic cults, has now been recognized as a martyr for the Catholic Church.
Hours before the declaration ceremony in northern Italy, Pope Francis praised the figure of the sister Maria Laura Mainetti and described the nun’s aggressors as “prisoners of evil”.
The martyr’s declaration is decisive for the beatification process within the Church, but in this type of case it is not necessary to recognize a miracle.
On June 6, 2000, the Italian media reported the murder of this nun in the city of Chiavenna, in Lombardy (north). Reports from that time revealed that the nun when she was being attacked he asked God to forgive his aggressors.
the religious was stabbed 19 times and beaten repeatedly with a heavy object, which could have been a stone or brick.
Information collected at that time indicated that Sister Maria Laura Mainetti left the convent during the night after having received a phone call from one of the three teenagers, who told her that she had become pregnant after being raped and that she needed help.
Later, the Public Ministry described this story as a made-up argument. to attract the nun. The three aggressors were judged as minors. Two of the girls were 16 and another was 17 at the time of the murder of Sister Maria Laura Mainetti.
After having served sentences ranging from eight and a half years to 12 years and four months in prison, the three murderers were released.
Addressing the faithful today in St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican, during the traditional Sunday prayer, Pope Francis spoke of the case of Sister Maria Laura Mainetti and how she was killed “by three teenagers influenced by a satanic sect”.
Mainetti “loved young people more than anything, and she loved and forgave these same girls, prisoners of evil”, declared the pontiff.
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