Carlo Maria Martini

1927 - 2012

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Carlo Maria Martini (15 February 1927 – 31 August 2012) was an Italian Jesuit, cardinal of the Catholic Church and a Biblical scholar. He was Archbishop of Milan from 1980 to 2004 and was elevated to the cardinalate in 1983. A towering intellectual figure of the Roman Catholic Church, Martini was the liberal contender for the Papacy in the 2005 conclave, following the death of Pope John Paul II. According to highly placed Vatican sources, Martini received more votes in the first round than Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the conservative candidate: 40 to 38. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carlo Maria Martini has received more than 188,124 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Carlo Maria Martini is the 875th most popular religious figure (up from 916th in 2019), the 1,303rd most popular biography from Italy (up from 1,370th in 2019) and the 292nd most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Carlo Maria Martini is most famous for his work as a Cardinal, but he was also a theologian and philosopher. He served as the Archbishop of Milan from 1980 to 2002. He was also a member of the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for the Laity.

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Among religious figures, Carlo Maria Martini ranks 875 out of 2,272Before him are Abdullah ibn Salam, Gianna Beretta Molla, Melania the Younger, Caesar Baronius, Saint Emeric of Hungary, and Jacob Sprenger. After him are Peter of Alcantara, Qasim ibn Muhammad, Didymus the Blind, 11th Dalai Lama, Junípero Serra, and Rupert of Salzburg.

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Among people born in 1927, Carlo Maria Martini ranks 72Before him are Maurice Ronet, Narciso Yepes, Juan Almeida Bosque, F. Sherwood Rowland, Herbert Blomstedt, and Lucio Fulci. After him are Abdul Halim of Kedah, Jupp Derwall, Kurt Masur, Bob Fosse, Lee Konitz, and John Vane. Among people deceased in 2012, Carlo Maria Martini ranks 60Before him are Harry Harrison, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Paul L. Smith, F. Sherwood Rowland, Scott McKenzie, and Ben Gazzara. After him are Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., Helmut Haller, E. Donnall Thomas, Chadli Bendjedid, Gustav Leonhardt, and Gore Vidal.

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Among people born in Italy, Carlo Maria Martini ranks 1,303 out of 4,088Before him are Vittorio Storaro (1940), Maria Cristina of Savoy (1812), Charles I, Duke of Savoy (1468), Adolfo Celi (1922), Lucio Fulci (1927), and Massimo Moratti (1945). After him are Gabriele Amorth (1925), Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta (1417), Francesco II Gonzaga, Marquess of Mantua (1466), Salvatore Ferragamo (1898), Andreas Hofer (1767), and Gianni Morandi (1944).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Carlo Maria Martini ranks 292Before him are Antipope Christopher (900), Lawrence of Brindisi (1559), Juliana of Nicomedia (285), Gianna Beretta Molla (1922), Melania the Younger (383), and Caesar Baronius (1538). After him are Blessed Gerard (1047), Roberto Calvi (1920), Peter of Verona (1206), Angelo Scola (1941), Alfredo Ottaviani (1890), and Anthony Maria Zaccaria (1502).