The President

His Eminence Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi


Cardinal, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture and of the Pontifical Commission of Sacred Archaeology.

Born in 1942 at Merate (Lecco, Italy), he is an expert on the bible and biblical languages, and before coming to Rome he was Prefect of the Biblioteca-Pinacoteca Ambrosiana in Milan and taught Old Testament Exegesis at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy.

He has some 150 volumes published mainly on biblical topics: editions on the Psalms and the Book of Job, the Song of Songs and Ecclesiasticus.

Cardinal Ravasi collaborates with newspapers - including L’Osservatore Romano, Avvenire and Il Sole 24 Ore - and for 25 years had his own television programme Le frontiere dello Spirito on the Italian mainstream Canale 5. He has also earned popular fame with his writings for the wider public.

He is a member of some 20 Italian and International Academies and has received many prizes from civil and literary bodies as well as many honorary degrees from universities around the world.