Sunday 25 September 2016

Easter date could be fixed 'within five to 10 years'

Geraldine Gittens

Published 15/01/2016 | 17:13

Traditionally, the date of Easter depends on the phases of the moon.
Traditionally, the date of Easter depends on the phases of the moon.

It’s a yearly conundrum. “When is Easter this year?” “Is it early or late?”

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Well, the date of Easter could be fixed within the next five to 10 years, according to reports.

Last June, the Pope signalled that he is open to changing the date of Easter so that all Christians could have a more unified celebration.

Now, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said that Anglicans will join Catholics and Copts for talks to resolve the age-old problem, the Telegraph newspaper reports.

Last May, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II wrote to the papal nuncio in Egypt suggesting unified date. The Orthodox churches usually celebrate Easter a week after Catholics.

Easter Sunday this year occurs on March 27, with Good Friday on March 25, and Easter Monday on March 28.

Traditionally, the date of Easter depends on the phases of the moon. It is determined by the first full moon after the spring equinox, which means that Easter can fall anywhere between March 22 and April 25.

Last summer, the Pope joked that Christians could say to one another: “When did Christ rise from the dead? My Christ rose today, and yours next week”. He added that this is a scandal.

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