Former papal candidate, Milan archbishop Martini dies at 85

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ROME (Reuters) – Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, former archbishop of Milan and a favorite of Vatican progressives to succeed Pope John Paul II in 2005, died on Friday aged 85, the Milan diocese said on its website. In a letter marking Martini’s death, Pope Benedict remembered him as a “skilful teacher and preeminent biblical scholar,” and recalled his dedication to Christian works. …

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