The mystery of the Assumption into heaven, body and soul, is dogma now, thanks to the great Pope Pius XII. The faithful had believed it to be so for eons. The religious of the Catholic Church likewise.
So, on a late fall day, November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII, after having poured forth prayers of supplication again and again to God, and having invoked the light of the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty God who has lavished His special attention upon the Virgin Mary” the Pope, frail from dealing with events of World War II, and the inhumanity of the National Socialists, or Nazis, in Germany towards Europe’s Jews, and the torturing and deaths of millions of Christians and other Gentiles, lifted his arms in blessing upon the millions of faithful who filled St. Peters Square.
photo: Remnant Newspaper
The sun shone brightly from a cloudless blue Roman sky. The voice of the Pope, who had loved Mary since he was a little boy, gained strength as it rose over the hushed crowds … “for the increase of glory of that same august Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.
Hence if anyone, God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which we have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic faith.
In order that this, our definition of the bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven may be brought to the attention of the universal Church, we desire that this, our Apostolic Letter, should stand for perpetual remembrance, commanding that written copies of it, or even printed copies, signed by the hand of any public notary and bearing the seal of a person constituted in ecclesiastical dignity, should be accorded by all men the same reception they would give to this present letter, were it tendered or shown.
It is forbidden to any man to change this, our declaration, pronouncement and definition or, by rash attempt, to oppose and counter it. If any man should presume to make such an attempt, let him know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.
Given at Rome, at St. Peter’s in the year of the great jubilee, 1950, on the first day of the month of November, on the Feast of All Saints, in the twelfth year of our Pontificate.
The sun shone more brightly seeming to have an especially golden radiance as the Te Deum of the immense crowds of grateful pilgrims mingled with the joyous ringing of the bells atop St. Peter’s Basillica.
From the encyclical letter of Pope Pius XII: Munificentissimus Deus declaring the dogma of the Assumption of Mary Ever Virgin, body and soul, into heaven.