Easter should fall on the same Sunday every year, the Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested.

Archbishop Justin Welby said Anglican leaders would join discussions with other church leaders about the move to fix the date and put an end to almost 2000 years of controversy.

At present, Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox around March 21. This means it can fall any Sunday between March 22 and April 25.

Archbishop Welby said Anglican leaders had voted to join Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches to set an annual date.

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He said Easter should most likely be fixed for the second or third Sunday of April.

The Archbishop said: "We warned the Government this was coming up. I would expect [it to happen] between five and 10 years' time."

Easter should fall on the same Sunday every year, the Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested. Photo / AP
Easter should fall on the same Sunday every year, the Archbishop of Canterbury has suggested. Photo / AP