The reason, according to Archbishop Arthur Roche, is that she “has the honor to be the first witness of the Lord’s resurrection.”
“She is the witness to the risen Christ and announces the message of the Lord’s resurrection just like the rest of the Apostles,” he said, explaining that for this reason “it is right that the liturgical celebration of this woman should have the same rank of Feast as that given to the celebration of the Apostles in the General Roman Calendar.”
Some commentators have also made the point that this is a restoration of the respect given to Mary Magdalene on the liturgical calendar which was changed in 1960 prior to the Vatican Council.
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|Reliquary of the skull of St Mary Magdalene|