Gianfranco Ravasi

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Gianfranco Ravasi in 2012

Gianfranco Ravasi (born 18 October 1942) is an Italian prelate of the Catholic Church. A cardinal since 2010, he has been President of the Pontifical Council for Culture since 2007. He headed Milan's Ambrosian Library from 1989 to 2007.


  • With respect to clothing, in addition to the material aspect, there is a moral aspect, since clothes have the purpose of defending, concealing and protecting the mystery of sexuality and life. And there is a metaphorical aspect, which I myself witness by wearing the cardinal's red, since the garment refers to the investiture, that is, to the social function of who wears it and to the symbolic representation that follows. [...] Even the simplest vestments can testify to an excess of luxury, to the futility and uselessness of luxury. But just as the sacredness of the liturgical function appears in the ecclesiastical vestments, so in luxury haute couture a symbolic function appears that transcends the mere function of covering oneself.

The Encounter: Discovering God Through Prayer (2014)[edit]

On Google Books
  • Prayer is also an art, an exercise of beauty, of song, of inner liberation. It is ascesis and ascent, it is a rigorous effort, but also a gentle and free flight of the soul toward God.
    • Foreword
  • The soul that reduces prayer to the minimum remains asphyxiated; if it excludes all invocation, it is slowly strangled.
    • Ch. 1
  • Faith, like love, does not take up only a few hours of existence, but is its soul, its constant breathing.
    • Ch. 1

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