CNA Newsroom, Dec 12, 2022 / 16:30 pm
Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis presided Dec. 10 at the solemn ceremony of beatification for Isabel Cristina Mrad Campos, a young martyr known as “the Maria Goretti of Brazil.”
The Archdiocese of Mariana in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais reported the Mass was held at the Shrine of Our Lady of Mercy in Barbacena before thousands of faithful present.
The newly beatified Brazilian was 20 years old when she was brutally murdered in 1982 by a man who unsuccessfully tried to rape her, as also happened with St. Maria Goretti, the Italian girl who died defending her virtue and who before dying forgave her murderer.
In his homily, Damasceno highlighted the passage from the Gospel of the day in which Jesus told the Apostles: “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.”