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Sunday, March 13, 2005: Gran Sasso summit named after John Paul II

The summaries in English were extracted from complete articles published on Il Centro - Quotidiano d'Abruzzo and Il Messaggero - Abruzzo edition.

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On 18 May for Karol Wojtyla's 85th birthday a summit of the Gran Sasso, known as "Gendarme", will take the name of "Cima Wojtyla" (see website http://www.cimagiovannipaoloii.it/), The summit, on the Cresta delle Malecoste near Pizzo Cefalone, rises over the little church of Saint Peter of the Ienca, where Pope Wojtyla, in his stronger days a great lover of the Abruzzo mountains, a number of times stopped in prayer in the past. Also the path from the small church will be named "Giovanni Paolo II". The official ceremony of 18 May will be followed on the next day by the celebrations for the patron Saint Peter Celestine in the basilica of Collemaggio, L'Aquila.

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