Sunday, August 5, 2012

Documenting religious minorities in Turkey

At long last we will hear the fruits of On Being's trip to Turkey.  A conversation with a Dominican friar and the Metropolitan of Bursa highlight the problems faced by Turkey's Christian minorities.  The future of the Ecumenical Patriarch in the Phanar is always in jeopardy.

60 Minutes had an excellent overview of the strange Babylonian captivity of the EP: Patriarch Bartholomew describes his life in the Phanar.  I would recommend that those of you who have not had the opportunity to view this, to do so.

60 Minutes also did an excellent piece on the Holy Mountain: Mt. Athos part 1 and Mt. Athos part 2.  Of particular interest is the monk describing the Jesus prayer and its use and purpose in the monastic life.  There's certainly a great contrast between the position of the monks on Mt. Athos and the Phanar.


  1. The piece on Mt. Athos was great. I didn't see the monk describing the Jesus prayer however. Thanks for sharing.

  2. The Jesus prayer portion is in Part 1, at about 10:25. It's actually Bob Simon describing the Jesus Prayer as the monks explained it to him. Right before that Fr. Iakovos is explaining 'prayer without ceasing'.