Vatican Debuts Official Logo and Prayer for WYD 2016 in Krakow

Polish Creator of Logo Inspired After John Paul II’s Canonization

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The Vatican has released the official logo and prayer for the 2016 World Youth Day in Krakow.

In a press conference held this morning, Krakow’s metropolitan archbishop, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, presented the logo and official prayer for the 31st World Youth Day.

Designed by Monika Rybczynska, 28, from Ostrzeszow, in mid-west Poland, the logo was created after the canonization of John Paul II. In her work, three elements are combined: the place of the celebration, its main protagonists, and its theme, which is a passage from Matthew’s Gospel: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.”

Moreover, the image is composed of a geographical outline of Poland, in which there is a cross, a symbol of Christ, the soul of World Youth Day.

Marking the position of Krakow on the map of Poland, a yellow circle symbolizes youth.

Recalling the image “Jesus, I trust in you,” the flame of divine mercy emerges from the cross. The colors in the logo – blue, red and yellow – are the official colors of Krakow and its coat of arms.

During the press conference, the official prayer of World Youth Day 2016 was presented. The prayer, which entrusts humanity and the young to divine mercy, asks the Lord for the grace of a merciful heart, and for the intercession of Mary and St. John Paul II, patron of World Youth Day. (D.C.L.)


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