Mary Magdalene, Apostle of Hope

By: Lindsey Kettner, Relevant Radio®

5/17/17

Apostle of Hope

At Pope Francis’ General Weekly Audience, “the Holy Father continued to talk about that theme of hope and he spoke specifically about Mary Magdalene, calling her an apostle of hope,” says Ashley Noronha, Relevant Radio Vatican Correspondent. “He reflected on the Book of John, Chapter 20 verses 15-18, and talking about the experience that Mary Magdalene had when she met Christ at the tomb. And about how she didn’t recognize Him until He called her by name.”

“The Holy Father said that in a similar way Jesus calls each and every one of us by name. He knows us. He knows the number of hairs on our heads and we have to be listening to His call,” says Noronha.

“Not many people realize, but the relics of the foot of Mary Magdalene are actually here in Rome. So at the beautiful church of San Giovanni dei Fiorentini, which is just over the river on the other side of the Vatican, is the foot and what’s so extra special about that relic is this was the first foot to step inside of that empty tomb,” she explains.

Pope Francis Welcomes New French President

“There is a longstanding tradition that goes all the way back to the 15th century that the French president is always a canon, an honorary canon of the cathedral in Rome—that’s Saint John Lateran. The official title is the First and Only Honorary Canon of Saint John Lateran. And so, the Holy Father sent him a very special message really looking at what he called the ‘rich diversity of the moral tradition and its spiritual heritage in France,’” says Noronha. “The Holy Father prayed that the country continues to seek to build a fairer and a more fraternal society, and he gave a special blessing to the new president as well, who is a Catholic and is a product of a Jesuit education in France.”