However, deputy chairman of the foreign church relations department of the Moscow Patriarchate Vsevolod Chaplin said the Russian Orthodox Church does not intend so far to make amendments in its calendar.
"It is true that the difference between the two calendars increases every 100 years when the number of hundreds in the year from the birth of Christ is not divisible by four. And if God allows this world to exist for another one hundred years, Orthodox believers will celebrate Christmas on January 8 and the New Year - at midnight on January 14-15," said Chaplin.
According to him, one should not pay too much attention to the calendar differences. "The Gregorian calendar is not absolutely precise. For this reason the Russian Orthodox Church continues to use the Julian calendar," explained Chaplin.
"An agreement in calendar disputes can be achieved only when a new, absolutely precise, calendar is worked out," concluded the spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchate.