Pagan Sun Worship and Catholicism
Pope Dedicates New Roman Shrine to the Virgin Mary
On July 4th, 1999, Pope John Paul II dedicated a new shrine to the Virgin Mary on the outskirts of Rome, built in commemoration and thanksgiving of the sparing of the city from Allied bombing during World War II. Of particular note in the design of the shrine, is the large expanse of symbolic stained glass, which is briefly described in a Zenit News Agency article as follows:
Source: Zenit News Agency, ©
July 5th, 1999
Photo from the front page of the weekly
English edition of
As the above photo makes quite clear, the stained glass depicts a red and yellow sun on a sky-blue background. This is but another example of Catholicism adopting the symbology of pagan sun worship, and "baptizing" it into the Catholic Church by merely substituting Christian names for the pagan.