This pope was about to do something controversial when the Virgin Mary sends a message…

Pope Venerable Pius XII saw the Miracle of the Sun in 1950, which he took as confirmation of an important declaration.

Pope Venerable Pius XII saw the Miracle of the Sun in 1950. At that time, he faced a decision. He wanted to make clear to all Catholics that the Virgin Mary was assumed into heaven.

The understanding of this was already widespread and it had been a traditional belief of Catholics since ancient times. However, it had recently become a topic of discussion and it required affirmation.

To accomplish this, Pope Pius XII chose to declare it an official dogma of the Church, and to stamp his declaration ex cathedra which means “from the chair” of the pope. This is a case of the Pope using his authority to teach infallibly on a very specific dogma.

But was it the right thing to do?

At the same time Pope Pius XII was making his decision to affirm the dogma, he experienced the Miracle of the Sun.

The Miracle of the Sun is associated with Marian apparitions and most famously occurred in 1917 at Fatima, Portugal. On October 13 of that year, tens of thousands of people gathered in Fatima to witness a promised miracle. Our Lady did not disappoint. Thousands of people watched in awe as the sun danced, changed color, and performed spectacular movements across the sky for about ten minutes.

On October 30, and again on the next two days, and finally on November 8, the Pope saw the miracle himself. Each time, he described the Sun as dimming so it did not hurt his eyes, and as having a halo. It then danced around the sky for short periods of time.

Pope Pius XII saw this as an affirmation that his teaching on the Assumption of the Virgin Mary was the right thing to do.

By Marshall Connolly



  1. thomraff Reply

    These “miracles” of the sun can be fully explained through natural phenomena. In addition, it is VERY dangerous to promote this, as it can, and has, caused blindness through retinal burning from looking at the sun. If you think I am wrong about this being natural and not supernatural, please present verification of these phenomena from non-religious scientists who have tools to detect solar activity. Hint: there are none.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    Such nonsense. If the sun had been dancing in the sky, surely several of the billions of people living here would have noticed it – not to mention the extreme gravitational effects such motion would have produced here and throughout the rest of the solar system. When you stare at the sun too long, it can play tricks on your eyes/mind.

    Remember, miracles are the very last possible option for unexplained events. The very fact that they are seldom (if ever) experienced, means that we don’t start with the suggestion of miracle, that’s were we end up when all other rational possibilities are discarded – and that never happened here.

    That Catholics are so extremely desperate for foolish “miracles” to prove their faith, tells us just how weak that faith is to begin with. Why does your god play games with you? Why doesn’t he just show up and speak his piece as it is claimed he did thousands of years ago?

    1. D'mary Reply

      Do you even have a God ??, A Faithless person like u will never c a miracle.

  3. Mike Reply

    It’s called Faith which we have.

  4. Kenny Reply

    Why don’t you atheist just go to hell

  5. August Reply

    We use the eye of our faith

  6. Carol Reply

    You dont need to believe if you dont want to believe we Catholics dont push people to have the same faith but in any other point of view you have no right to judge our faith either. Respect so as you will be respected.

  7. innocent samba Reply

    When we believe we can the understand. That is faith

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