Wednesday 17 February 2016

BBC Documentary on Greece

The second part of Simon Reeve's documentary on Greece was broadcast this week and is available on BBC iPlayer:

This episode contains quite a large segment on the Monastery of Esphigmenou on Mount Athos which, for many years, has been besieged because of the monks' opposition to ecumenism and their practice of not commemorating the Ecumenical Patriarch. Because the monks are under siege, with neither food or medicine officially allowed in, Reeve and the BBC camera crew were smuggled in under cover of darkness.

Although, as to be expected, there are some errors in the documentary, the tone is respectful and sheds some light on the suffering joyfully undergone by these Orthodox monks persecuted for their adherence to traditional Orthodoxy.

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