For the Day:

Common Easter

Vatican City

Pope Francis signalled openness to changing the date of Easter in the West so that all Christians around the world could celebrate the feast on the same day. The Pope said on 12 June: “We have to come to an agreement” for a common date on Easter. He was speaking to the World Retreat of Priests at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, participated by priests from five continents. The Orthodox churches celebrate Easter a week after the Catholics and Protestants in the West. In May, Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II wrote to the papal nuncio in Egypt suggesting a common date for Easter. The simultaneous celebration of the Resurrection by all Christians “would increase the importance of the central feast of the faith.”