On the Assumption of Mary into Heaven
Apparently, Pope Benedict XVI has explained to the faithful that Mary’s assumption, body and soul, into heaven at the end of the course of her earthly life – though only dogmatically defined in 1950 by Pope Pius XII – is something that Christians throughout the world have always believed, confessed and celebrated.
Not all of us, of course.
Today is her Feast Day, and His Grace wishes all his Roman Catholic readers and communicants a blessed and holy day of obligation. The above film is a record of the original ex cathedra pronouncement, on 1st November 1950. According to the Apostolic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus, chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation refers to Mary's bodily assumption.
His Grace is (very) reliably informed that De Gasperi, Andreotti and Schumann were all present.