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Witness of divine mercy

· ​The first liturgical feast of Saint Mary Magdalene ·

On Friday, 22 July, the Church celebrates the Feast of St Mary Magdalene. With this decision, in the context of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis means to call the Church “to reflect in a more profound way on the dignity of Woman, on the New Evangelisation and on the greatness of the Mystery of Divine Mercy”, as stated in the Decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, dated 3 June 2016, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. By elevating the liturgical memorial to the level of Feast on the Roman calendar, given the special nature of this Saint, the announcement on 10 June was accompanied by a Preface entitled De apostolorum apostola, “apostle of the Apostles”, which presents Mary Magdalene as testis divinae misericordiae, “witness of divine mercy”.

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