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The Assumption of Mary

Catholics believe that at the end of her life, Mary was taken, body and soul, into heaven by the power of her Son. This doctrine is called the Assumption of Mary. It is NOT called the Ascension of Mary, because that would mean she went by her own power, which is not the case.

The Bible does not explicitly mention this event. However, it does say that both Enoch and Elijah were assumed into heaven (Heb. 11:5, 2 Kgs. 2:11) and that the bodies of saints left their tombs after the Resurrection (Matthew 27:52-53). So it would not be unheard of if the body of Jesus' sinless mother was not also saved from corruption in the grave. History also suggests an assumption, because nobody can point to a place where her body is buried.

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