Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini

September 9, 2013

On the eve of the first anniversary of the death of Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, Pope Francis called the late-fellow Jesuit and biblical scholar, a "prophetic" figure and a "man of discernment and peace."

The late cardinal, who died Aug. 31, 2012, at the age of 85, was "a father for the whole Church," the pope said during a meeting with a group of Italian Jesuits Aug. 30.

During the brief meeting, the pope said that the late-cardinal played an important role during the general congregation of the Society of Jesus in 1974 in discussions on the relationship between faith and justice.

Martini was a prolific author whose books were best-sellers in Italy and included everything from scholarly biblical exegesis to poetry and prayer guides.