Fr. Francesco Pesce and Monica Romano
As expressly wished by Pope Francis, the Congregation for Divine Worship published a decree on 3rd June 2016, by which the celebration of Saint Mary Magdalene, which was obligatory memory, has been elevated to the level of a liturgical feast day. Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation, explained that the Pope took this decision during the Jubilee of Mercy “to emphasize the importance of this woman, who showed great love for Christ and was very dear to Christ”.
At the end of Jesus’s life, Mary of Magdala (or Magdalene) was with Mary and Saint John on Calvary, standing underneath the Cross (Jn 19.25). She never fled in fear as the disciples did, she never denied him like Peter did, but was present at all times, from the day of her conversion until she was under the Cross when Jesus died. She was the first person, that Easter morning, to whom the Lord appeared and called her by name. Continue reading