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Renewed hopes for ecumenical date for Easter could spell end to longest-running culture war

Renewed hopes for ecumenical date for Easter could spell end to longest-running culture war

(RNS) — Before culture war issues such as abortion, same-sex marriage, vaccines or pronouns, there was the battle over calendar reform, a battle that shows signs of ending. There is once again renewed hope that ongoing ecumenical dialogue between the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople and the Roman Catholic Church will resolve an ancient rift between the two halves of Christianity over when Easter is celebrated. Depending on a decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, (with, one must imagine, the support of the Patriarchate of Alexandria and the Church of Greece) to adopt the Western Gregorian calendar, Sunday (May 5) might be the last time that some Eastern Christians celebrate Easter on a different date than Westerners. If such a decision is made, it will be one of the most significant moves in healing the nearly 1,000-year-old rift between the two ancient churches, and it will move the “Greek churches” further away from their Slavic Orthodox Christian brothers and closer to Rome. It will also most likely further the deep, growing divide …

Voyager 1: NASA’s longest-running spacecraft back in touch with Earth after five months of silence | Science & Tech News

Voyager 1: NASA’s longest-running spacecraft back in touch with Earth after five months of silence | Science & Tech News

NASA’s longest-running spacecraft Voyager 1 is sending information back to Earth again for the first time since November. Scientists have managed to fix a problem on the probe, which was launched 46 years ago, after five months of silence. On 14 November last year, Voyager 1 stopped sending usable data back to Earth, even though scientists could tell it was still receiving their commands and working well otherwise. X This content is provided by X, which may be using cookies and other technologies. To show you this content, we need your permission to use cookies. You can use the buttons below to amend your preferences to enable X cookies or to allow those cookies just once. You can change your settings at any time via the Privacy Options. Unfortunately we have been unable to verify if you have consented to X cookies. To view this content you can use the button below to allow X cookies for this session only. Enable Cookies Allow Cookies Once It was first launched alongside its twin, Voyager 2. The …

Inside the world’s longest-running mermaid gathering: ‘The first place I’ve truly belonged’ | California

Last weekend, around a community pool near Sacramento, flippers were being unpacked, glowing bubble crowns secured to wigs, and glittery eye makeup donned: the annual US meeting of mermaids was underway. Hundreds gathered for the California Mermaid Convention: a three-day celebration of the increasingly popular practice of “mermaiding”. Part cosplay, part athletic endeavor, the hobby ranges from casual dress up to certified divers who strap on “monofins” and swim together in a pool or the open ocean. Above all, mermaids are an inclusive community working to maintain its magic as participation grows, thanks in part to easily accessible fins and excitement about Disney’s reboot of The Little Mermaid. The California Mermaid Convention is a three-day celebration of the increasingly popular practice of “mermaiding”. Photograph: Lee Harland/The Guardian Billed as the world’s longest running mermaid gathering, the California Mermaid Convention began as an informal event among friends in 2011 and has grown into a full weekend tailored to merfolk – the gender-neutral term for mermaid enthusiasts – of all varieties. Attendees range from professionally trained mermaids …