Commemoration of St. Mary Magdalene raised to a Feast

I can’t help but comment: about time!  I noted in the article that the Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship was the one who issued the letter announcing this, not the head of this congregation.  This is the congregation that is headed by Cardinal Sarah, he who was oh so slow to issue the letter regarding the washing of feet of women at Holy Thursday and then the very next day said any priest who in good conscience could not wash the feet of a woman was exempt from doing so.  PF had asked him to issue that letter over a year ago but he just got around to it this past Holy Week.  Could it be that the good cardinal was not going to be reliable in issuing another letter that had to do with women, or in this case, a woman who should have been honored long ago since she is called the “Apostle to the Apostles”??  I think Catherine of Siena’s commemoration day should be the next one raised to the level of a feast day.  PF, you done good with this one….reyanna

Vatican Radio News            June 10, 2016           

It was announced on Friday Pope Francis has decided to raise the celebration of the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene to the dignity of a liturgical Feast.

In the modern Church calendar, saints may be commemorated with a memorial (optional or obligatory), feast, or solemnity.

The decree was signed on 3 June 2016, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart.

In a letter announcing the change, the Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Arthur Roche, writes the decision means one “should reflect more deeply on the dignity of women, the New Evangelization, and the greatness of the mystery of Divine Mercy.”

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