Thursday, March 24, 2005

Italy to Name Mountain After Pope

From BBC NEWS | Europe | Pope to get 'own' mountain peak:

"A region in central Italy has announced it will name a mountain peak after Pope John Paul II, who has enjoyed hiking in the area in the past.

The ceremony is due to be held on the Pope's 85th birthday on 18 May.

The 2,424 metre (7,900 feet) peak is in the Gran Sasso, the highest mountain range in the Appennines.

The nature-loving Pope once told pilgrims in St Peter's Square that in the Bible, mountains 'were considered a special place to meet God'. "