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2016 World Youth Day Official Logo & Prayer
Meaning of the logo:
The official logo was designed by a Monika Rybczynska, a Polish young adult, in honor of the intercession St. John Paul II has had in her life. It illustrates the theme, "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy," taken from the Gospel of Matthew.
The image is composed of:
- A geographical outline of Poland
- A yellow cross, representing Jesus Christ, who is the soul of World Youth Day
- A yellow dot, which both marks the position of Krakow on the map and serves as symbol for the youth
- Red and blue flames of divine mercy that emerge from the cross, which represent with their colors the phrase "Jesus, I trust in you" that accompanies the image of divine mercy revealed to St. Maria Faustina
- Another reason for choosing the colors of yellow, red and blue is that they are the official colors of Krakow and its coat of arms
Official World Youth Day 2016 Prayer
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.