Middle East churches council discusses unifying Easter celebration
Pope Tawadros II leads Easter Mass at St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Cathedral Friday - YOUM7/Sami Waheeb

CAIRO: The Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) discussed choosing one date for Easter celebrations for both western and eastern churches, Youm7 reported Thursday.

The notion came during the council’s meeting that was held Wednesday in Cairo in presence of Coptic Orthodox Church head Pope Tawadros II, the Patriarch of Jerusalem, the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholics and the head of the Lutheran Church in the holy land.

Differences in Easter dates among Christian churches are based on differences between the Julian calendar, which eastern churches, including the Coptic one, follow, and the Gregorian calendar of western churches.

The council also discussed Christian-Muslim dialogue and the situation of Syrian and Iraqi Christian refugees and displaced persons.

The MECC is a fellowship of churches relating itself to the main stream of the modern ecumenical movement, the same which gave birth to the World Council and other regional ecumenical councils throughout the world, according to the MECC webpage.




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