The news was published in a press statement sent by the Vatican Publishing House.
The text will guide the meditation of tens of thousands of pilgrims, who will participate in the ceremony on Good Friday. Benedict XVI will preside.
Gianfranco Ravasi was born in 1942, and was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Milan in 1966.
He is prefect of Milan’s Ambrosian Library, a professor of biblical exegesis at the Theological Faculty of Northern Italy, and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission since 1995.
He has written some 50 books on biblical and scientific arguments, and writes for the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire.
Last year’s meditations for the Way of the Cross were written by Archbishop Angelo Comastri, the Pope’s vicar for Vatican City.