Gianfranco Ravasi

Catholic cardinal

Gianfranco Ravasi (born 18 October 1942) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church and scholar. He has been a cardinal since 2010. He has been President of the Pontifical Council for Culture since 3 September 2007.

Gianfranco Ravasi
President of the Pontifical Council for Culture
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Cardinal Ravasi in 2012.
Appointed3 September 2007
PredecessorPaul Poupard
Other posts
Ordination28 June 1966
by Giovanni Umberto Colombo
Consecration29 September 2007
by Pope Benedict XVI
Created cardinal20 November 2010
by Benedict XVI
Personal details
Birth nameGianfranco Ravasi
Born (1942-10-18) 18 October 1942 (age 79)
Merate, Province of Lecco, Kingdom of Italy
DenominationRoman Catholic
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Alma materArchiepiscopal seminary of Milan
Pontifical Gregorian University
Pontifical Biblical Institute
MottoPraedica Verbum ("Preach the Word")
2 Timothy 4:2
SignatureGianfranco Ravasi's signature
Coat of armsGianfranco Ravasi's coat of arms

He was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.[1]

After ten years at the rank of cardinal deacon, he became a cardinal priest in 2021.[2]


  1. "List of Cardinal Electors". Zenit. 12 March 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  2. "Concistoro Ordinario Pubblico per il Voto su alcune Cause di Canonizzazione, 03.05.2021" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 3 May 2021. Archived from the original on 3 May 2021. Retrieved 3 May 2021.