Pope Francis announced the simple memorial of Mary Magdalene, celebrated by the Catholics each July 22, will now be a liturgical Feast within the Church.
According to Arthur Roche, the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship, the decision will “reflect more deeply on the dignity of women, the New Evangelization, and the greatness of the mystery of Divine Mercy.”POPE BENEDICT
Archbishop Roche drew attention to the fact Mary Magdalene was the first witness to the Resurrection, and is the one who announced the event to the Apostles.
“The Holy Father Francis took this decision precisely in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy to signify the importance of this woman who showed a great love for Christ and was much loved by Christ,” writes Archbishop Roche.
He also notes Saint Magdalene was referred to as the “Apostle of the Apostles” (Apostolorum Apostola) by Thomas Aquinas, since she announced to them the Resurrection, and they, in turn, announced it to the whole world.