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Vatican cardinal backs common date for Easter celebration

March 12, 2021

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CWN Editor's Note: Cardinal Kurt Koch, the president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, has given his support to a proposal for a common date when all Christians will celebrate Easter. The Orthodox churches, which use the old Julian calendar, now celebrate on a different date. The Patriarchate of Constantinople has suggested that by 2025—the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicea—Catholics and Orthodox should agree to establish a common date.

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  • Posted by: wenner1687 - Mar. 12, 2021 9:06 PM ET USA

    They should base it on astronomical observation, taking the first Sunday after the full moon after the vernal equinox. (It's a good ideal although the World Council of Churches suggested it.)

  • Posted by: grateful1 - Mar. 12, 2021 7:34 PM ET USA

    Sounds easy, but isn't. Orthodox Christmas also falls on a different date than ours, their fasts occur throughout the year, and their "Great Lent" is much longer than our Lent. Moreover, the Patriarchate of Constantinople does not speak for all Orthodox.