It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Harry Radliffe II, CBS 60 Minutes Producer who worked closely with the Ecumenical Patriarchate to produce the groundbreaking interview of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, along with Bob Simon of blessed memory, Jeff Fager the former Chairman of CBS News and the current Executive Producer of 60 Minutes and Michael Karzis, 60 Minutes producer. The 60 Minutes Team received the 2013 Athenagoras Human Rights Award for their extraordinary work bringing worldwide attention to the religious freedom deficit asphyxiating the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as well as championing human rights and religious freedom in the Middle East with their 60 Minute episodes of the Exodus of Christians from the Holy Land and the Persecution of Coptic Orthodox Christians in Egypt. Their two-episode landmark presentation of Mount Athos was a brilliant portrayal of Orthodox monasticism and served to educate its worldwide audience of the spiritual treasures of the Holy Mountain.
Hours before his passing, National Commander Limberakis sent the following note of prayerful support to Mr. Radliffe expressing the grateful sentiments of the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate:
My Dear Harry,
Please know that the Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate have you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We will always be grateful to you, Bob of blessed memory, Jeff and Michael for your extraordinary work in promoting religious freedom for Orthodox Christians, and all humankind in Turkey and throughout the Middle East.
May God be with you now and always,
The Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Harry Radliffe II and pray for the repose of his tender soul.
Eternal Be His Memory.
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In the Service of the Ecumenical Patriarchate,
Anthony J. Limberakis, MD