Catholics believe Mary was assumed into heaven at the end of her earthly life. We also believe Jesus ascended into heaven after his resurrection. The difference between these two is that while Jesus ascended under His own power, Mary was assumed by the power of God.
There are two examples in scripture of people being assumed into
heaven by the power of God (ref. Gen 5:24; Heb 11:5; 2 Kings
2:1-13). Mary's presence in heaven is also described in Revelation
chapter 12 indicating the author's vision of her with "a
crown of twelve stars."
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