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February 11, 2015. Bob Simon, noted CBS Correspondent and "60 Minutes" contributor, died today in a tragic New York City automobile accident. May his memory be eternal. He will definitely be long remembered by FoMA members for his remarkable Easter feature, A Visit to the Holy Mountain and also for his 2010 interview for "60 Minutes" with The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at a time when the Patriarch said he felt "crucified" by the conditions in which the Patriarchate endured in Turkey.

December 7 and 8, 2014. Cansu Camlibel, Hurriyet, Front page and p. 20 (full spread) The Pope Came for Bartholomew (in Turkish; for English, see below).  
Hürriyet, one of Turkey's flagship newspapers, recently interviewed the Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, who served as Director of the Press Office during the recent visit of Pope Francis to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Journalist Cansu Camlibel, an articulate advocate for free speech and a well-known columnist, who features regular interviews with leading personalities in Turkey, sat down with Fr. John Chryssavgis after the papal visit for a comprehensive and candid conversation, which appeared in Turkish on the front page and an entire spread inside the paper (December 8, 2014). Excerpts of the interview also appeared in the Hürriyet Daily News (December 7, 2014, Front page and p. 3). The Hürriyet Daily News is the oldest English-language review in Turkey .
View English translation of full interview on

March 21, 2012. Middle East Institute. Editor's Blog. The "Coptic Mount Athos": Wadi Natrun Shenouda's Last Resting Place  

Header Image: View of the Holy Mountain from a balcony at Stavronikita Monastery, with elements of the katholikon in the foreground.
Photograph by Robert W. Allison, © 2008.