Indian Cardinal Ivan Dias, a kind, smiley and discreet priest, has died in Rome. He was 81 years old.
He worked for years as a diplomat of the Holy See.
In 1996, John Paul II appointed him archbishop of Mumbai and years later made him a cardinal.
Benedict XVI called him to Rome in 2006 as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
Despite needing a wheelchair, he participated in the last conclave and said that he was the first cardinal to greet the new Pope Francis.