We watched this movie last night. WOW! It was a good movie, if such subject matter can be deemed as "good". Thankfully, the girls had already gone to bed. Parts of it were definitely hard to watch. To think that her life came to such a violent end was almost more than I could stand. She had such a heart for God!
The attacker stabbed Maria (11 years old) several times. After enduring the attack, she also had to suffer through surgery without anesthesia. She forgave her attacker before she died even going so far as to say that she wanted him in heaven with her. At some point, he repented and he was in attendance at her canonization.
When Dan and I were in Rome for our anniversary in 2007, we were blessed to be able to visit Our Lady of Mercy in Nettuno where Maria's remains are interred. Below is a picture of the Church.