Burcu Özkaya Günaydın / Gazete Duvar
St. Pierre Church in the southern province of Hatay’s Antakya district on June 29 held the first mass after the major Feb. 6 earthquakes to celebrate the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.
Christians from the surrounding provinces, as well as the districts of Altınözü, Samandağ and İskenderun of Hatay, attended the mass which started at 9.30 a.m. local time.
Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio to Turkey, Marek Solczyński, also attended the ceremony led by Bishop Konstantin Kayyel, the Archpriest of the Lebanese St. Elias Monastery, representing the Patriarch of Antioch and All the East.
After the mass, candles were lit and hymns were sung.