St. Magdalene

S. Maddalena
Generally speaking, in its liturgy, the Latin Church would associate the three different women the Gospel speaks of and that Greek liturgy commemorates separately: Mary of Bethany, sister of Lazarus and Martha but also the sinner “who was forgiven much because she loved much,” and Mary Magdalene or the Magdalen, the possessed woman miraculously cured by Jesus, whom she cared for and assisted together with the other women, up to crucifixion and had the privilege to see resurrected. Identification of the three women was made easier by the name Mary, shared by at least two of them, and by the decision of St. Gregory the Great, who saw indicated in all Gospel passages one and the same woman. The creators of the new calendar, reconfirming the memory of only one Mary Magdalene without any other indication, such as the adjective “repentant,” intended to celebrate the holy woman to whom Jesus appeared after His resurrection. This is the Magdalene that the Church commemorates today and who, according to an ancient Greek tradition, went to live in Ephesus where she is said to have died, and where John, the favorite apostle, and Mary, the Mother of Jesus are also said to have settled. (Avvenire)