Domenica, 21 Ottobre 2018
VATICAN CITY

Cardinal Martini loved the Bible 'intensely' says pope

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(ANSA) - Vatican City, September 3 - In a message read at
the funeral of cardinal Carlo Maria Martini on Monday Pope
Benedict XVI said that the former archbishop of Milan was "truly
a man of God, who not only studied the Bible, but loved it
intensely".
"Everything he did was for the greater glory of God," said
the pontiff.
The message from Pope Benedict was read at the funeral mass
celebrated by Milan's Archbishop Angelo Scola in the city's
cathedral.
Large screens were also placed in the square outside the
cathedral to broadcast the funeral mass for those who could not
find seating inside.
Over 200,000 visited Milan's cathedral over the weekend to
pay their last respects to the much-loved cardinal who died on
Friday at the age of 85 after a long battle with Parkinson's
disease.
"As a pastor he was uniquely capable of bringing this light
to others, even those distant from the Church. He was able to
teach the faithful and those seeking the truth that the only
word worthy of being listened to, accepted and followed is that
of God. He moved with an enormous openness of heart, eagerness
to meet and talk with all and followed the Apostles' example to
always be ready for anyone who calls for help and hope".
The pope, who quoted psalm 119: 105, "Your word is a lamp
for my feet, a light for my path," and said that Martini was a
"generous and faithful pastor of the Church".
Born in Turin in 1927, Martini entered the Society of
Jesus, whose members are called Jesuits, 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.
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.
"The Lord who has led cardinal Carlo Maria Martini
throughout his whole life will receive his tireless servant of
the Gospel in Heaven. To all those present and those who mourn
his passing, I extend the comfort of my blessing," said the
pope.
Martini was considered one of the more liberal high-ranking
representatives of the Catholic Church.
He was to be buried in the Milan cathedral near another
previous Archbishop of Milan, the sainted Charles Borromeo.

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