Christian Churches to fix common date for Easter

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The heads of the Christian Churches are close to sealing a deal to fix the date of Easter, the Archbishop of Canterbury has revealed, a decision that would end more than a thousand years of confusion and debate, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby said the agreed date would be either the second or third Sunday of April.

He expected to make the change within five to ten years, though he admitted that churches have been trying to agree on a date without success since the tenth century.

Archbishop Welby, Pope Francis, the Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I (head of the Greek Orthodox Church) are all working towards a common date, he said.

If they can reach a deal, it will end one of the most noticeable rifts in the Church, and have knock-on effects for schools, businesses and the travel industry across the Western World.

For one and a half millennia, for Anglicans and Catholics, Easter Sunday has been the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox – a convoluted formula which means the date can vary by more than a month from year to year.

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Christian churches close to deal to fix common date for Easter: Archbishop of Canterbury (SMH)

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