Who we are


The Pontifical Council for Culture traces its origins to the Second Vatican Council and its desire to open up to that great, dynamic, multiform world of contemporary culture. In the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et... Read more


Born in 1942 at Merate (Lecco, Italy), he is an expert on the bible and biblical languages. Former Prefect of the Biblioteca-Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan, he also taught Old Testament Exegesis at the Theological... Read more


The Members of the Pontifical Council are important personalities from the Church and the world of Culture, nominated by the Holy Father for periods of five years. These cardinals, bishops, priests and lay people help the council identify the main cultural challenges facing the Church and establish... Read more


The Dicastery is able to call on the collaboration of Consultors, who are nominated for a five-year term by the Holy Father. They are invited to offer their considerations or attend meetings to discuss various questions.

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Women's consultation group

Permanent Women's Consultation Group of the Pontifical Council for Culture Pope Francis has often emphasised the need to listen to women and find space for a responsible collaboration in daily life at all levels.   Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, beginning with the preparation for the Plenary... Read more


Born (1953) at Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal), he was ordained priest for the Diocese of Porto (1977). He obtained his doctoral degree in Church History at the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1986 and was professor at the Instituto de Ciencias Humanas e Teológicas, Porto and in the Theology... Read more


Bishop Paul Tighe from Ireland is the Secretary. He was born in 1958 and grew up in Navan and Sligo, graduating from University College Dublin in 1979 with a degree in Civil Law. Having studied for the priesthood at Holy Cross College, Dublin and at the Pontifical Irish College in Rome, he was... Read more


Born in Jaca (Spain) in 1966. He is a priest of the archdiocese of Toledo (Spain) from 1993. He studied at the Faculty of Philosophy at the Università Complutense in Madrid (1989), then theology at the Studium Theologicum “San Ildefonso”, in Toledo. In Rome he read biblical theology at the Theology... Read more

Adjunct Undersecretary

Carlo Maria Polvani was born in Milan in July 1965. He studied at the Leone XIII Institute (Milan) and the Collège Stanislas (Montreal). From the Department of Biochemistry of McGill University (Montreal) he received a degree (B.Sc.) in 1985 and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in 1990. He obtained a Master of... Read more


Head of Office Mons. Lech... Read more