A former academic theologian and Biblical scholar, who served from 1989 to 2007 as prefect of the Ambrosian Library
in Milan, Cardinal Ravasi has been noted for his work encouraging dialogue between believers and non-believers and his "outreach" to science.
(19) For Isobel Grundy, for instance, 'The twice-hinted "ambrosia" suggests divinity and intoxication, made ominous by the prefix mel-, black, or scholarly by memory of the Ambrosian library
at Milan (a town Virginia Woolf had very briefly visited).' (20) The 'prefix' to which Grundy refers, however, is in fact the adjective melas, which, combined with another word, would be modified to melan- or melano-; as for the Ambrosian Library
, though Woolf may well have been aware of its existence, it is never mentioned in her diary of that trip (PA, pp.