Rorate Caeli

An Ambrosian Roman Curia

The Lombards invade Rome once again, as two Milanese are named to important positions in the Roman Curia. Several sources (including Andrea Tornielli and Gioia Locati in this Sunday's edition Il Giornale) confirm that Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, current Prefect of the Ambrosian Library of the Archdiocese of Milan, will soon be named President of the Pontifical Council for Culture (a cardinalatial position) - maybe as soon as tomorrow, as Pope Benedict returns from Loreto (see our posts of June 26 and August 26). Another Milanese, Monsignor Vincenzo di Mauro, special delegate of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See (the Apsa), will be named Secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.

Raffaele Farina, former Vice-Prefect of the same Ambrosian Library, recently started his activities as Vatican Librarian and Archivist (another cardinalatial position) - the former Librarian and Archivist, Cardinal Tauran, officially took over the presidency of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue yesterday.

Sep. 3, 2007 - Confirmed: Ravasi named President of the Pontifical Council for Culture (replacing Cardinal Poupard, retired), and also of two Pontifical Commissions, the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology (replacing Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, named Secretary for Clergy last May).

Confirmed: Vincenzo di Mauro named Secretary of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See.


  1. « Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti was almost unknown to the Catholics of Italy, let alone Catholics elsewhere, when as a compromise candidate he was elected to the Chair of St. Peter in February 1922.

    From, the quiet of the Vatican Library, of which he became Prefect in 1914, he had been sent as Apostolic Visitor (later Papal Nuncio) to war-torn Poland. He had been shepherd of Milan—near which he was born, of peasant stock—for less than a year. He had been appointed Cardinal-Archbishop by Benedict XV over the objections of those who held that Monsignor Ratti was no preacher.

    Mountain Climber. Indeed, during the first 30-odd years of his priesthood, in which he was chaplain to a convent, teacher in a seminary, and Prefect of the Ambrosian Library in Milan, Achille Ratti had distinguished himself from the average Italian parroco or parish priest chiefly in being a skilled mountain climber...»,9171,760766-1,00.html

  2. Anonymous7:02 PM

    Doesn't this Ravasi guy come with some terrible rumors that he is a radical liberal? Fortunatly He's 65. But I would not liek to see Pope Benedict XVI starting to put people with such horrible reputation in Vatican posts. Granted the Pontifical Council for Culture is really no big deal of a job...but still, these people should be screened out.
    Just remember all the harm the radical liberal Lombard/Milanese crowd of bishops and priests under Paul VI did. We're still suffering from the damage.


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