Logo and Prayer released for World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy” Matt 5:7
Young Catholics across Australia are eagerly anticipating World Youth Day 2016, which will be held in Krakow. More than 2000 Aussie pilgrims are expected to journey to Poland where they will join with millions of young people from across the globe for World Youth Day from 26 to 31 July 2016.
The Australian Catholic Bishops Delegate for Youth, Bishop Anthony Fisher OP, said the pilgrimage would be a great opportunity for young people and the Church in Australia to prepare and visit the homeland of St John Paul II and encounter Pope Francis through the WYD experience.
In a press conference in Vatican City on 3 July 2014, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, presented the logo and official prayer for the 31st WYD.
Three elements are combined in the symbolism of the logo: the place, the main protagonists, and the theme of the celebration.
The logo 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 WYD.
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 blue, red and yellow used in the logo are the official colours of Krakow and its coat of arms.
The logo was designed by Monika Rybczynska, 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 WYD16, 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.
Prayer of World Youth Day 2016 Krakow
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.
Australia’s participation in WYD is overseen by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office for Youth. The office is developing a comprehensive planning guide and preparation plan for WYD 2016. These will be outlined at a National Briefing Day on 13 August 2014 in Sydney.
Australia’s Pilgrimage Coordinators are asked to RSVP for the day via email@example.comFor more information about WYD 2016 Krakow, visit the official website: http://www.krakow2016.com/en/
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