Talk:Munificentissimus Deus

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Text from Pope Pius XII article[edit]

As far as I can tell, all of this is covered in the article already, but I'll leave the text on the talk page just in case savidan(talk) (e@) 05:28, 8 April 2006 (UTC)

In 1950, Pius XII issued the encyclical Munificentissimus Deus and infallibly defined the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. This doctrine teaches that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was taken into Heaven body and soul after the end of her earthly life. This belief had been held by Catholic and Orthodox Christians since the early centuries of the Church (for example, by St. Gregory of Tours), but it had never been formally defined as a dogma until 1950. This definition was the only occasion in the 20th century a pope solemnly defined a dogma ex cathedra, i.e. as Extraordinary (Solemn) Magisterium, which is connected to Papal Infallibility. Pope Pius XII is reported to have witnessed the "Miracle of the Sun" from the Vatican gardens on the day he made the pronouncement.[1].`
    • ^ Joseph Pelletier "The Sun Danced at Fatima", Doubleday, New York (1983),pp150,151