Vatican Obit Martini

August 31, 2012 - 12:39 PM
FILE -- In this April 18, 2005 file photo shows Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini attending a Mass in the St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Martini, a rare liberal within the highly conservative Catholic Church hierarchy who was nevertheless long considered a papal contender, has died at age 85. He had been battling Parkinson's disease for years. His death Friday Aug. 31, 2012 was announced by the Milan archdiocese. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)