The Church of Saint Peter near Antakya, Turkey, is composed of a cave carved into the mountainside on Mount Starius with a depth of 13 m, a width of 9.5 m and a height of 7 m. This cave, which some believe was used by the first Christians, is one of Christianity's oldest churches; some people believe that the founding of the church in Antioch can be traced to the Biblical Acts of the Apostles, which relates that Barnabas travelled to Tarsus to bring Paul the Apostle there. They worked for a year with the nascent Christian community, their adherents to the faith were called "Christians" for the first time. Christian tradition considers the apostle Peter to be the founder of the church of Antioch and the first priest of the Christian population established there; the oldest surviving parts of the church building date from at least the 5th century. The tunnel inside which opens to the mountainside is thought to have served the Christians for evacuation of the church in case of sudden raids and attacks.
Water which seeps from the nearby rocks was gathered inside to use for baptism. Crusaders of the First Crusade who captured Antakya in 1098 lengthened the church by a few meters and connected it with two arches to the facade, which they constructed. Acting on orders from Pope Pius IX, Capuchin Friars restored the church and rebuilt the facade in 1863; the remains to the left of the entrance belong to colonnades which stood in front of the present facade. Atop the stone altar in the middle of the church is a stonework platform placed in memory of Saint Peter's Platform Holiday, celebrated every 21 February in Antakya. A marble statue of Saint Peter was placed above the altar in 1932; the garden of the church has been used as a cemetery for hundreds of years. Graves and burials have been located inside the church around the altar; the church is the burial place of Tancred, Prince of Galilee, as well as one of the three final resting places of the remains of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, who died in the Third Crusade.
The church is a museum today, but it is possible to perform worship services inside the church under the inspection of the Museum Management by obtaining a permit from the Office of the Provincial Governor. Oldest churches in the world Cave Church of St. Pierre Church of Antioch Antiochian Patriarchate All About Turkey: Hatay Catholic Encyclopedia: Saint Peter, Prince of Apostles
Isatou Njie-Saidy is a Gambian politician. She was Vice President of the Gambia, as well as Secretary of State for Women's Affairs, from 20 March 1997 to 18 January 2017, she is the first Gambian woman to have held the position of Vice President and one of the first women in West African politics to reach this senior position. Njie-Saidy was born in North Bank Division. From 1959 to 1964, she attended Brikama Primary School, from 1964 and 1970, she attended Armitage High School, Georgetown. In 1971, she attended Yundum Teacher Training College, where she qualified as a teacher in 1974. From July 1979 to December 1979, she studied as the Research Institute for Management Science, RVB, The Netherlands, where she was awarded a post-graduate diploma in industrial management. From September to November 1981, she studied at the University of the Philippines, where she obtained a certificate in small-scale industrial information management. In September 1988, she completed an MSc in social and economic development at the University of Swansea.
From September 1983 to December 1989, Njie-Saidy was Deputy Executive Secretary of the Women's Bureau, the executive decision-making body of the National Women's Council. Two years after the 1994 Gambian coup d'état in which Yahya Jammeh seized power, in July 1996 Njie-Saidy was appointed as Minister of Health, Social Welfare and Women's Affairs. On 20 March 1997, a few months after the 1996 presidential election in which Jammeh was victorious, Njie-Saidy was appointed as Vice-President of the Gambia and Secretary of State for Health, Social Welfare and Women's Affairs, she has written extensively about women's issues in the Gambia. In December 2015, there were reports that Njie-Saidy's relationship with Jammeh was becoming strained. According to Freedom Newspaper, a close aide of Jammeh reported that "Jammeh has intimated to them that he doesn’t want to see Isatou Njie Saidy, he branded Isatou as a "bad person". Jammeh told his aides that he is going to replace Isatou Njie Saidy."On 18 January 2017, Njie-Saidy resigned in the midst of the 2016–17 constitutional crisis, along with several other government ministers.
Ronnie Carroll Freeman, Jr. is an American Christian musician and worship leader. He has released five studio albums, Ronnie Freeman, God Speaking, Perfect Love, If This Is What It Means, Paradise. Ronnie Carroll Freeman, Jr. was born on September 24, 1973, in Montgomery, Alabama, to Ronnie Sr. and Glenda Freeman. He was raised with two younger brothers and Jonathan. Freeman graduated from Southeastern University, in 1995, after that he was a worship pastor, before relocating to Nashville, Tennessee in 2002 to pursue his professional music career, his music recording career began in 2002, with the studio album, Ronnie Freeman, released on May 21, 2002, by Rocketown Records. The subsequent studio album, God Speaking, was released on January 2008, with Koch Records, he released, Perfect Love, on June 2011, from Brentwood Benson Records. Freeman's fourth studio album, If This Is What It Means, was released on August 30, 2012, by Elevate Entertainment, his fifth studio album, was released on August 15, 2015, from Plaid Sky Records.
Freeman has been married to Leslie Rae Perkins, since 1996, together they have three children, their oldest two named Hannah and Josiah, where they reside around Nashville, Tennessee. Studio albumsRonnie Freeman God Speaking Perfect Love If This Is What It Means Paradise Official website