Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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By Catholic Digest Staff

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast Day: August 15


The formal declaration of the dogma of the Assumption, though written by Pope Pius XII, was brought about, in large part, because of the intense Marian devotion of everyday Catholics. Devotion to our Blessed Mother in France, Portugal, and Mexico was especially strong in the early twentieth century and the desire for a formal definition of the Assumption was expressed by local churches and by millions of Catholics. Catholics sought a fuller description of this woman worthy of devotion, as well as a figure to inspire an increasingly secular society and nations subject to authoritarian regimes at the start of World War II. In Latin America, Italy, and Spain, more than eight million Catholics signed a petition in favor of a formal declaration of the Assumption. This banding together of everyday Catholics was enough to push Pius XII to formally declare the dogma on November 1, 1950.

Catholic Digest Staff