Skip to comments.Presentation of the World Youth Day 2016 logo
Posted on 07/05/2014 2:02:05 PM PDT by NYer
Vatican City, 3 July 2014 (VIS) In a press conference held this morning the metropolitan archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, presented the logo and official prayer for the 31st World Youth Day.
Three elements are combined in the symbolism of the logo: the place, the main protagonists , and the theme of the celebration. The logo of the 2016 World Youth Day, to be held in Krakow, illustrates the passage from the Gospel according to Matthew, 5.7: Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy, chosen as the theme of the event. The image is composed of a geographical outline of Poland, in which there is a Cross, symbol of Christ Who is the soul of World Youth Day. The yellow circle marks the position of Krakow on the map of Poland and is also a symbol of youth. The flame of Divine Mercy emerges from the Cross, and its colours recall the image Jesus, I trust in you. The colours used in the logo blue, red and yellow are the official colours of Krakow and its coat of arms.
The logo was designed by Monika Rybczynska, a young woman aged 28 from Ostrzeszow, a small town in the mid-west of Poland, following the canonisation of St. John Paul II.
The press conference also included the presentation of the official prayer of World Youth Day 2016, which entrusts humanity and the young to divine mercy, asks the Lord for the grace of a merciful heart, and asks the intercession of the Virgin Mary and St. John Paul II, patron of World Youth Day.
God, merciful Father,
in your Son, Jesus Christ, you have revealed your love
and poured it out upon us in the Holy Spirit, the Comforter,
We entrust to you today the destiny of the world and of every man and woman.
We entrust to you in a special way
young people of every language, people and nation:
guide and protect them as they walk the complex paths of the world today
and give them the grace to reap abundant fruits
from their experience of the Krakow World Youth Day.
grant that we may bear witness to your mercy.
Teach us how to convey the faith to those in doubt,
hope to those who are discouraged,
love to those who feel indifferent,
forgiveness to those who have done wrong
and joy to those who are unhappy.
Allow the spark of merciful love
that you have enkindled within us
become a fire that can transform hearts
and renew the face of the earth.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, pray for us.
St. John Paul II, pray for us.
Beautiful logo and prayer, ping!
Looks like a split in the middle of the cross with a golden orb (standing for worship of mammon) right in the center. Does fit, even if that’s not what was intended.
Think I’ll stick with traditional logos and symbols.
**The yellow circle marks the position of Krakow on the map of Poland and is also a symbol of youth. **
Is this what you are talking about?
I thought of the Methodist logo, too.
I think it’s “fine” as far as logos go - but people (esp. with agendas) will see what they want to see.
I can see what you mean.
Having been to Poland and to Krakow, I understand the part about the Divine Mercy. I would have kept the blue part in the lighter color however.
The rays symbolizing the water and blood coming from Christ’s pierced heart are blue and a very light red — almost white merged with the red.
**The rays symbolizing the water and blood coming from Christs pierced heart are blue and a very light red almost white merged with the red.**
This image doesn’t reflect that. The image that St. Faustina had painted (at which she cried when she first saw it because it wasn’t ‘right’) has more white with the red.
This picture has more white with the blue.
It’s graphically clean and looks easy to reproduce. The circle to make Krakow on the map is a cute touch.
I didn’t know about the dead-on Methodist flame — thanks for pointing it out. The Youth Day logo continues the Vatican II neo-tradition of making everything Catholic look more protestant — symbolism of which JPII would undoubtedly be proud.
Probably a major factor in the choice.
They had to consider factors such as, “Will it show up well on a variety of t-shirt colors?” (Yes, it will.)
Like a smiley face?
Also the colors, at least the red and the backround color of white honors the host country Poland.
What’s a Traditional Catholic?
Very nice! How well is this attended by worldwide churches?
Not nearly as well attended as the World Yute Days or the Hajj in Mecca or the Kumbh Mela in the Ganges River are attended.
Why? Does popularity count for something?