New date, new logo for World Youth Day
The new logo of the next World Youth Day, to be held in Portugal, has been unveiled. The logo reflects the change in date from 2022 to 2023, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The theme chosen by Pope Francis for WYD is “Mary rose and left in haste,” from the Gospel of Luke’s description of how Mary went quickly to her cousin Elizabeth, upon hearing from the angel that Elizabeth was expecting a baby.
The organisers of WYD Lisbon revealed the logo on October 16, the anniversary of the papal election of World Youth Day founder, St John Paul II.
The logo features the colours of the Portuguese flag and elements of the country’s spiritual culture.
A cross dominates the new logo and a road runs over it, “where the Holy Spirit rises”. The organisers say this is an invitation for young people to “be the protagonists of the construction of a more just and fraternal world.” This path also reflects the road Mary took to visit Elizabeth.
The Rosary represents the spirituality of the Portuguese people and their devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. This is placed on the path to recall the experience of pilgrimage that is so important in Portugal.
Finally, the figure of Mary is present. “The drawing expresses the youth of her years, characteristic of one who is not yet a mother but who carries the light of the world within her,” the organisers said.
World Youth Day, now scheduled for 2023