Patriarch Bartholomew told Simon the Orthodox Christians in Turkey are treated as second-class citizens. "And we don't feel that we enjoy our full rights as Turkish citizens," he said.
"If you're treated as second-class citizens here and you are Greek, why don't you go to Greece?" Simon asked.
"Because we love our country. We are born here. We want to die here. We feel that our mission is here as it has been for 17 entire centuries," the patriarch explained. "And I wonder why the authorities of our country do not respect this history."
(A video of the "60 Minutes" interview with Bartholomew is available at the above link.)