Editor's Notebook: Feast of St. Mary Magdalene; new rules for contemplative religious; Cardinal Burke on Islam and the West

Before you head out for the weekend, here's a recap of the major Catholic news from Friday, July 22:

Pope issues rules to help contemplative women be beacons for the world

As we honor her today, why the elevation of St. Mary Magdalene’s feast day highlights her importance as a role model for the Church

In an interview with Religion News Service, Cardinal Burke says ‘Christian nations’ in West must counter Islamic influx

The National Catholic Reporter revealed a list of signers of a document criticizing ‘Amoris Laetitia’

In the wake of cancer, a moving letter from a pastor to his parish 

And Greg Erlandson, newly appointed director of Catholic News Service, on the significance of the Catholic press

Gretchen R. Crowe is editor-in-chief of OSV Newsweekly. Follow her on Twitter @GretchenOSV