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Mary, Assumption of
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The dogma of the Assumption, proclaimed by Pius XII on Nov 1, 1950, marks the conclusion of the biography of Mary, who “after completion of her life on earth” was granted the divine privilege of being bodily received into heaven (without deciding the question of her death). Long believed among the faithful, celebrated in the liturgy, and supported by a survey of the world-wide episcopate, the definition raises the question of its basis in revelation. The bull defining the dogma do…

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Scheffczyk, Leo, “Mary, Assumption of”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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