7 January 1931|
Fiobbio, Albino, Bergamo, Kingdom of Italy
|Died||6 April 1957
Fiobbio, Albino, Bergamo, Italy
|Venerated in||Roman Catholic Church|
|Beatified||4 October 1987, Saint Peter's Basilica, Vatican City by Pope John Paul II|
Blessed Pierina Morosini (7 January 1931 - 6 April 1957) was an Italian Roman Catholic from Bergamo and was killed after a man tried to rape her. Morosini served as a member of the Catholic Action movement.
Her beatification was held on 4 October 1987 in Saint Peter's Basilica.
Pierina Morosini was born in Fiobbio on 7 January 1931 as the first of nine children to the farmers Rocco Morosini and Sara Noris. Her baptism was celebrated on 8 January 1931 in the local parish church in the name of "Pierina Eugenia". She received her Confirmation on 10 January 1937 from the Bishop of Bergamo Adriano Bernareggi and made her First Communion in May 1938.
Morosini lived her childhood near the mountains during World War II and soon became a member of Catholic Action in 1942 where she became an active member. She later became a seamstress on 18 March 1946 after the conflict and worked in a textile plant in Albino. The next month she was hospitalized for a brief period after an accident and there met the Capuchin priest Luciano Mologni who became her spiritual director. Morosini left her village once in her entire life in order to attend the beatification of Maria Goretti in Rome in 1947 and made the pilgrimage there with other Catholic Action members from 25 to 30 April. Each morning before work she received the Eucharist and recited rosaries back and forth from home to work.
On 4 April 1957 she was walking home just before 3:00pm and a man came up to her. He made lewd comments to her and tried to rape her despite her attempts to reason with him; she failed to escape but was stoned in the attempt. Morosini attempted to defend herself and she was beaten to death with stones in which her skull was smashed. Her brother found her in a pool of blood and called for help and she was rushed to hospital at once. Morosini died without regaining consciousness at the Bergamo hospital on 6 April 1957 from her injuries. Her remains were later relocated on 10 April 1983.
The beatification cause commenced on 17 November 1979 after Morosini was titled as a Servant of God and the Congregation for the Causes of Saints issued the official "nihil obstat" to the cause; the diocesan process spanned from 7 April 1980 until 28 May 1983 and received C.C.S. validation on 17 February 1984 before the latter received the Positio dossier in 1986. Theologians approved the cause on 13 January 1987 while the C.C.S. did so as well on 3 July 1987; Pope John Paul II confirmed that Morosini had died "in defensum castitatis" and therefore approved her beatification on 3 July 1987.
John Paul II beatified Morosini on 4 October 1987 in Saint Peter's Basilica.