Friday, April 22, 2011

Unprecedented Documentary of Mt. Athos on TV; Mt. Athos Segment to Be on "60 Minutes" April 24

"The Monks of Mount Athos" will be featured on the CBS TV news program "60 Minutes" on Pascha Sunday (April 24, 2011) at 7 p.m. EST, according to the Orthodox Church Info blog.

The over 1,000-year-old sanctuary of Orthodox Christian monasticism will recount "60 Minutes" correspondent Bob Simon's journey to a remote peninsula in Northeastern Greece that millions of Orthodox Christians consider the most sacred place on earth, Mount Athos.

With the blessing of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Simon and the "60 Minutes" team were given unprecedented access to document monastic life on the sequestered Holy Mountain.

The result is a portrayal of a place rarely seen, where women are not allowed, and where prayer has been offered by holy men everyday -- with no interruption -- for more than a thousand years.

The documentary will also be broadcast over the Internet on the "60 Minutes" website: www.60minutes.com.

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