CWN - The apostolic nuncio to Turkey, the apostolic vicar of Anatolia, and a representative of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch gathered at the Church of St. Peter in Antakya (Antioch) on June 29 to commemorate the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.

The cave church, whose walls date from the fourth and fifth centuries, is believed by some to be on a site where the earliest Christians worshipped. The parish priest told the Fides news agency that the number of pilgrims has fallen from more than 80,000 in 2011 to fewer than 10,000 in 2015.