World Youth Day Logo: Blessed Are the Merciful

OK, here it is:

The logo for World Youth Day 2016 has just been unveiled.  At a press conference this morning, the logo and official prayer for the 31st World Youth Day were announced.

According to the Vatican Information Service,

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 a 28-year-old woman from Ostrzeszow in midwest Poland, Monika Rybczynska.  She created the design, which includes the image of St. John Paul II, following his April 27 canonization of St. John Paul II.

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Also during the press conference, the official prayer of World Youth Day 2016 was introduced.   The prayer entrusts humanity and especially the young to the 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.

Prayer of World Youth Day 2016

“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.

Heavenly Father,
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.

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  • Jim M.

    A person with two large fins (one red, one blue) is caressing a cross. Is the Youth Day theme: Tricolor Cross-Petting Mer-people ?

  • Rey Flores

    Looks like 70s ugly modernist Protestant church art to me.
    Where are the grapes, wheat and the fish? Kumbaya indeed.

    Now THIS is Catholic art:…/religious-bulletin-artwork/

  • AugustineThomas

    Pope Francis loves everything that was still big in the seventies: Communism, Marxism, Liberation Theology, etc.

    • Jim M.

      Pretty much, along with ugly minimalist doodling.

  • JTLiuzza

    Now all they need to do is make a few thousand of those out of felt and they’re good to go!!

    It looks to me like a nun liberating herself from her oppressive old habit in front of a cross type thing.

  • Jude

    Yep, slap that puppy on a felt banner and sing “All are Welcome.” Hideous.

  • JoyInTheLord

    I like the logo, with its symbolism and meaning. It speaks to the youth of the world. The grapes and the wheat could go well for Eucharistic Congress or for souvenir cards for a priest’s ordination. Let the Protestant and non-Protestant brethren come along — we are all children of God.

  • irena mangone

    How we. / you like to critisise. How on earth are we bringing people to God if all you can do is bitch about everything.

    • JTLiuzza

      We’re mocking newchurch and newchurch hasn’t brought anyone to God in five plus decades. In fact, quite the opposite.

      • irena mangone

        Parishes here in Queensland Australia that I have been involved in and in Nottingham in England have very robust RCI A Groups and new converts. May be they are doing something right otherwise people would not be joining. . And stop harping back to pre Vatican 2. The Holy Spirit is alive and well in 2014 as it was in the year dot. No doubt pre Vatican 1. People bitched too. But then maybe not. The laity did what they were told no arguing. Inquisition anyone. Are you in favour of that too

        • john

          Don’t live in fantasyland. The sacrelidge that goes on at these WYD events right under the Holy Father’s nose is disgraceful. The “fruits” of VII continue to rot away. Traditional orders which live the Faith as handed down from the Father’s thrive (ICK, FSSP, SSPX – NO THEY ARE NOT IN SCHISM PER ROME, FFI, until wrecked by Francis), while all the orders living according to the errors of “nuchurch” get old and die off. Telling Muslims to “keep the faith” and hiding your pectoral cross while in the Holy Land so as not to offend is not Catholicism. Don’t be duped into believing all the Freemason crap that comes from our Bishops. The “live to the good of your conscience” and Muslims are our “brothers and sisters” crap has already been infallibly condemned ( Indifferentism). The god of Islam is not the God we believe in, not even close. Read a Baltimore Catechism #3. As for blindly following what these guys are teaching ( much contrary to the Faith) many saints have spoken how detrimental that is to salvation. We must know our Faith. The past 50 years have produced much ugliness, reflected even in architecture. We have 2000 years of Tradition, yet these prelates make us think only the past 50 years matter, while mocking most everything prior. Scripturetells us the importance of holding to our Tradition, so be very wary of these wolves in sheep’s clothing who mock it.

          • somnipod

            Amen John. I couldn’t say it better myself.
            Dominus vobiscum!

        • somnipod

          The inquisition was a made up pile of garbage by anticatholic zealots (mainly protestants).

          You may want to read church history. Maybe you will also see that Vatican II actually did irreparable harm to the Church.

          If it weren’t for pope Benedict bringing some of the lost and hidden beauty of the faith back (since the Church didn’t satay in 1969) the Tridentine mass would be gone forever (except for FSSP, SSPX, ICK, and a smattering of sedevacantist sects)

      • somnipod

        Wait… You didn’t hear? Vatican II says you don’t need to be Catholic to have the possibility for heaven anymore?
        Now all “faiths” have salvific properties.

    • somnipod

      We have tried the collegial “you’re okay I’m okay” approach for 50 years and it’s failed miserably.
      People need to repent and change their ways that they have likely become to comfortable with (I myself need clear direction to back away from the comforts of continued sin).
      All humans need authority to gently “bump” them and show them sin and its consequences.
      With the current dictatorship of relativism, and denial of the dogma “Extra ecclesiam nulla sallus” (Nostra atate) why would anybody feel the need to repent. Change their ways, or for that matter, even be Catholic in the first place??

      • irena mangone

        May be where you are in America. It’s all gone bad but as I say n the parishes in Queensland Australia. I have not noticed all this free for all also not in Nottingham and most definately not in the Polish parish . Not sure what. Scandalous sacrilege re the Eucharist at world youth days you are referring to.
        Also all the rich vestments etc. am not fussed over. Jesus didn’t wear all that kind of thing,. And re the inquisition. Feel sure St Teresa of Avila mentioned it as she was interrogated think read that. So it’s not all baloney. Sorry I am laying all this at your feet somnipod. As was reading all the posts and was overwhelmed. Holy. mass does not have to be in Latin. To be the only way to go. Surely. In the Polish language it
        Is beautiful. Also. English. So what is the problem. We cannot live in the past. Not all was pure and clean much. Priestly pedophile stuff happened. Then as well and was happened. Surely you agree this must be cleaned out. We cannot blame Vatican 2 on that or can you don’t believe that. Do you think if we went back all would be rosy . The laity just obeyed and would not dream of criticising. Priests the Holy Father I don’t agree about critising our aHoly Father. Do you think The Holy Spirit is not working in our church. Just because Mass is in the language of whichever country we are in and not Latin , an very sad what is happening. All the abuse etc. it needs to be fixed not hidden and bishops saying that they never knew that child molestIon was a criminal offence. Come on. How naive can you be. Protect the church at the expense of innocent lives devastated. No clean it all out and if needs be. Defrock. These horrible men. Yes there will be less priests if we get rid of the rot. But then. A new growth will happen Jesus did say the gates of hell will not prevail. Ok enough from me. I am not as educated as most of you.

  • john

    Wish they would get rid of the protestant logo along with the debacle “Catholic” World Youth Day itself. What is transmitted to the attendees of these events is the watered down faith of most of our current prelates instead of orthodox Catholic Faith handed down from our Fathers.

    • irena mangone

      I doubt that in Poland anything is watered down. And yes am prejudiced am Polish. and I wish you temple police would stop being judge jury and executioner do you know what is in the hearts of the general person in the pews. Thank God we are not going to be judged by you but God

      • somnipod

        Actually Irena, we all have a duty to be “temple police” as you flippantly state.
        When one desecrates the Eucharist (as is the case at youth day) or espouses a type of heresy (lack of any reverence, etc) we have a solemn duty under the pretext of “instructing the ignorant and/or admonishing the sinner) to flip over some tables and chase some coin changers fro the temple.

        One of the worst and uncharitable things to do is to ignore the problem, say nothing, and ultimately put those kids eternal souls in jeopardy.
        You are correct that it’s only God who judges bit were add.the laity.have spiritual works of mercy to follow.

  • somnipod

    The whole idea of “Youth Day” Is very problematic and lWho knows what happened to the extra ooks more protestant than Catholic.
    The lady youth day had the blessed sacrament being distributed out of plastic Dixie cups to men without shirts on and women in bikinis.
    Then they mmediately jumped into the ocean for a swim.
    Who knows what happened the leftover.pieces of the Eucharist.
    I also get the “sneaking suspicion” that many were causing a sacrilege since they revived the blessed sacrament without being properly disposed.
    The consecrated host should NEVER be distributed in a circus like atmosphere.
    Just like Catholics in the US, horrible catechism has allowed souls to feel obligated to receive (or in this case, take) the sacrament whenever its available, whereby further removing the truth of the real presence (laity and ordained)-‘.