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Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini dies at age 85

Served as Milan archbishop 1980 to 2002

31 August, 17:18
Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini dies at age 85 (ANSA) - Milan, August 31 - Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini died from Parkinson's disease on Friday at the age of 85. The former archbishop of Milan and highly esteemed member of the Catholic Church had been suffering from the degenerative nerve disorder for many years.

He passed away at the Jesuit-run Aloisianum college in Gallarate (Varese) near Milan, where he had been living and receiving treatment since his return to Italy from Jerusalem in 2008. Martini's condition had precipitated in mid-August and earlier in the day his doctors said he had entered the terminal phase of the disease and that there would be no "therapeutic obstinacy". Born in Turin in 1927, Martini entered the Society of Jesus in 1944 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1952. He served as the archbishop of Milan from 1980 until his retirement in 2002, when he moved to the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem to continue his work as a biblical scholar.

Martini was considered one of the more liberal high-ranking members of the Catholic Church.