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ACCORDING to his own testimony the Pope who declared the

dogma of the Assumption saw the "miracle of the sun" four times while walking in the Vatican Gardens.

It is confirmed by a handwritten, unpublished note from Pope Pius XII which is part of the Pius XII: The Man and the Pontificate display at the Vatican, reports the Zenit news agency. A commissioner of the display and a Vatican reporter for the Italian daily 11 Giornale, Andrea Tornielli explained that the note was found in the Pacelli family archives. It describes the "miracle of the sun". an episode that until today had only been affirmed by the indirect testimony of Cardinal Federico Tedeschini (1873-1959), who recounted in a homily that the Holy Father had seen the miracle.

Pius wrote: "I have seen the 'miracle of the sun,' this is the pure truth."

The miracle of the sun is most known as the episode that occurred in Fatima, Portugal, in October 1917. According to the Fatima visionaries, Mary had said there would be a miracle that day so that people would come to believe. Thousands had gathered at the site of the visions, and the sun "danced," reportedly drying. instantaneously the rainsoaked land and spectators.

Pius XII 's note says that he saw the miracle in 1950, the year he was to proclaim the dogma of the Assumption.

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