Cardinal Koch reflects on the possibility of a common date for Easter

12 May 2021

In an interview on 11 May with EWTN News Nightly, Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, reflects on the question of the diversity in the date for the celebration of Easter, explaining the historical reasons underlying the disparity between Eastern and Western Christianity. Cardinal Koch also reflects on the possibility of all Christians to celebrate Easter on the same day, discussing the prospects for dialogue on this question.

Cardinal Koch also wrote an article published in L’Osservatore Romano on 30 April 2021 on this question, calling to mind that the date of Easter will coincide in 2025, the year of the 1700th anniversary of the Council of Nicea, which had originally established the one date. Cardinal Koch reflects that the anniversary has reawakened the aspiration to take further steps towards establishing a common date.