|In the Company of the Saints
Like others from the New Testament era, such as the apostles and evangelists, Mary Magdalene's sainthood was an unofficial yet ecclesial canonization due to her special role as a primary witness to the Resurrection and bearer of this good news to the apostles. By the 12th century, there was widespread devotion to her in the Western Church.
of Avila (+1584), the story of Mary Magdalene played an important role
in her conversion from spiritual indifference.