The renowned CBS news program, 60 Minutes, showcased the rebuilding of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine at the World Trade Center in New York City.
The segment which aired on Sunday (Western Easter) referred to the rebuilding and reopening of Saint Nicholas as “both a beacon and some kind of miracle.”
The relationship between the Archdiocese and 60 Minutes dates back over a decade, when the late Bob Simon did a groundbreaking interview with His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew that aired in December of 2009.
His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros of America commented on the broadcast, “We are very moved that the longest running and most prominent television news program in the United States is highlighting our campaign to rebuild Saint Nicholas during this holiest time of the year. With the Friends of Saint Nicholas, whose generosity and energy have restarted this sacred duty, we look forward, by the grace of God and the prayers of the Saint, to opening the doors of the Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine on September 11, 2021.”
In his introduction to the story, 60 Minutes journalist Scott Pelley said, “For Easter, we visit a fortress against time, where art is created to heal one of America’s greatest wounds. It is the story of the resurrection of the only House of Worship destroyed on 9/11.”
“St. Nicholas will be born again, next year, on the 20th anniversary of 9/11. A monument to death and life and unremitting faith,” the segment concluded.
*This article first appeared on CBS news.
*Watch the segment here.
*Produced by Ashley Velie and Dina Zingaro. Broadcast associates, Ian Flickinger and Annabelle Hanflig. Edited by Warren Lustig.