NEW YORK – The Holy Mountain Athos, the sanctuary of Orthodox Christian monasticism for over a thousand years, which is directly under the spiritual jurisdiction of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, is featured on the CBS News program “60 Minutes”. The segment was originally aired last Pascha evening and will be rebroadcast on the evening of Christmas day, December 25, 2011. “The Monks of Mount Athos”, recounts 60 Minutes Correspondent Bob Simon’s journey to the remote peninsula in North Greece that millions of Orthodox Christians consider the most sacred place on earth, Mount Athos.
On the recommendation and with the blessing of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who opened the doors for the “60 Minutes” team, and after two trips to the mountain and two years of dialogue with the Anthonite community, Bob Simon and the “60 Minutes” team were given unprecedented access to document monastic life on the Holy Mountain in the Fall of 2010. The result is a portrait of a place rarely seen where prayer has been offered by holy men everyday, with no interruption, for more than a thousand years.
The “Monks of Mount Athos” will be broadcast Sunday, December 25, 2011 on the CBS Television Network at 7:00 PM EST. Harry Radliffe and Michael Karzis are the producers of the segment.
“60 Minutes” is the pre-eminent investigative television news show in the United States and has run on CBS since 1968. It has been among the top-rated TV programs for much of its life and has garnered numerous awards over the years. The show will also be broadcast over the Internet on the “60 Minutes” website: www.60minutes.com
More information about the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as well as texts and addresses of His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew may be found at: www.patriarchate.org.