In 2016, Pope Francis elevated thge memorial of St Mary Magdalen, traditionally observed on 22 July, to the status of a feast day.
Over the past 30 years a number of studies have restored the reputation of Mary of Magdala from repentant prostitute to leading women disciple. Her title ‘Apostle of the Apostles’ is founded firmly on the commission she received from the risen Lord.
The 2016 decree pointed out just three ‘certain’ facts about Mary of Magdala. She was part of the group of Jesus; disciples (Lk 8:1-3). She accompanied him to the foot of the cross (all four gospela). And was the first Easter witness ‘in the garden where she met him at the tomb (Jn 20:11-18).