Denver Newsroom, Oct 28, 2022 / 16:00 pm
Earlier this week a large number of women surprised the world by wearing a red dress with white polka dots at the beatification Mass of the “heroine of chastity.”
Cardinal Leonardo Steiner, archbishop of Manaus, celebrated the beatification Mass Oct. 24 for Benigna Cardoso, a 13-year-old girl called the “heroine of chastity” because she died defending her purity.
Benigna Cardoso da Silva was born Oct. 15, 1928, in Santana do Cariri, in Ceará state in Brazil. The young girl would attend Mass, read the Bible, and generously attend to those in need, especially the elderly. She was murdered at the age of 13 after resisting sexual abuse by a teenage boy.
The Eucharist was celebrated in the Pedro Felício Cavalcanti Exhibition Park, in the city of Crato, Brazil, in the presence of about 30,000 people.