Monday, July 02, 2007

Pope and Patriarch may set common Easter

~from New Europe

Patriarch Bartholomew and Pope Benedict XVI responded positively on the issue raised in the European Parliament of finding common dates for celebrating Easter, a question raised by Greek MEP Manolis Mavrommatis.

Mavrommatis, in a Feb. 8, 2006 letter, requested a solution on the issue. “The spring holiday of the European Parliament coincides, traditionally, with the Catholic Easter. With that logic and for the benefit of all those affected, the same should be the case for the celebration of the Orthodox Easter. Of course we will have to take into account that some times, the two celebrations coincide, date-wise.”
In a letter addressed to Patriarch Bartholomew, and with the opportunity of the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Patriarch, this issue was discussed among the two leaders of Christianity.

Patriarch Bartholomew sent a letter to Mavrommatis, which noted: “Pope Benedict XVI responded positively on the subject and when he returned to Vatican City, he personally looked into the issue. I received a letter for my information as proof (which I attach), signed by Cardinal Walter Kasper, who is the head of the Papist Council for Promoting Unity of Christians.”

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