"Faith" is the defining virtue of the Virgin Mary, says Pope Francis

By Elise Harris

VATICAN---On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Francis said that faith is the defining virtue of her greatness and that the mysterious way she was taken into heaven is a foreshadowing of what awaits each of us. Dogmatically defined in 1950, the assumption of the Virgin Mary's body into heaven is celebrated Aug. 15 every year, and is one of the most important Marian feast days in the Catholic Church. [link]