Cardinal Deacon of St. Francis of Paola ai Monti
Cardinal Martino was born in Salerno (Italy) on 23 November 1932. He has a doctorate in canon law and speaks Italian, French, Spanish and Portuguese.
He was ordained a priest on 27 June 1957 and entered the Diplomatic Service of the Holy See on 1 July 1962.
He worked in the nunciature in Nicaragua, then the Philippines, then Lebanon, then Brazil, before being appointed Pro-Nuncio in Thailand and Apostolic Delegate in Laos, Malaysia and Singapore on 14 September 1980. He was consecrated as Archbishop of the titular see of Segerme on 14 December 1980 in Rome by Cardinal Casaroli, Secretary of State. Pope John Paul II appointed him Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York and President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace on 1 October 2002.
Pope John Paul II elevated him to the College of Cardinals on 21 October 2003.