.- Pope John Paul II will have a mountain in central Italy named for him on his 85th birthday, May 18, the BBC reported Thursday.
The 7,900-foot peak is in the Gran Sasso range, the highest range in the Appennines in the Abruzzo region.
"We decided on the Gran Sasso because the Pope visited it many times in order to get some rest as well as to pray," Msgr. Casolini reportedly said.
John Paul reportedly told pilgrims in St. Peter's Square once that in the Bible, mountains "were considered a special place to meet God."