Following up on an earlier report, it now seems that Pope Francis has agreed to a proposal from the Coptic Pope Tawadros II for a common (and apparently fixed) day for Easter: the second Sunday in April. It is not clear to me whether the Vatican has made any formal announcement regarding this, other than the previously reported “openness” of Francis to the proposal. According to the report, the Patriarchs of Antioch and Constantinople have already agreed to this.
I’ll admit to some ambivalence. I’m all for a common date for Easter, but I’m less than enthusiastic about untethering Easter from the lunar calendar and the connection with Passover.