“St. Innocence (The Girl in the Cathedral) was a young girl named Inocencia from Mexico who listened to her classmates talking about receiving their first communion and wanted to participate in the ceremony as well. However, when she told her father about her desire to convert to the faith he hit her and forbid her from taking part in “such nonsense.” Nonetheless, Inocencia was drawn to the catechism classes and encouraged by a nun who found her listening while hiding outside that she should take the Eucharist. “Better to have the good as ally than evil” the nun said.
When the big day arrived the nun gave Inocencia a white lace dress and the young girl received the Eucharist. Upon returning home she could not control her feelings of happiness and went to tell her father. When she found him in the kitchen he was angered by the news and stabbed his daughter in the chest (or stomach). After committing this crime, the man fled and neighbors found Inocencia’s lifeless body. They brought her back to the cathedral where she had received the Holy Communion and laid her there to rest in peace.
The Guadalajara Cathedral in 1836. (Public Domain)
However, Pregunta Santoral provides a different take on Santa Inocencia’s tale and states that the body’s story began in 1786 when it was found in the Roman catacombs before it was transported to Mexico where it was supposed to be put in a convent. For political reasons it ended up in the cathedral where is can be seen today. This website asserts that the white gown Inocencia is dressed in was an afterthought sometime along this journey, and probably sparked the popular legend associated with a young martyr".
Additional Info: "Kept in the Cathedral of Guadalajara in Mexico, her corpse has been preserved in wax". Furthermore, it is said that her body was taken to the Cathedral as a sign of her love for the Eucharist. As mentioned before her body is now preserved in the Cathedral, some individuals think her body looks more like a statue while other think it looks like a wax figure.