16 May 2017
Panama 2019 logo
Cathnews May 16, 2017
Panama 2019 logo unveiled
The logo for World Youth Day 2019 has a distinctively Marian theme, reports Aleteia.
The archdiocese of Panama on Sunday unveiled the official logo for World Youth Day, set to take place on January 22-27, 2019.
Drawn in blue, white and red — the three colours of the Panamanian flag — the logo is composed of various symbols, including the Isthmus of Panama as a place of welcome; the Panama Canal, symbolising the way of the pilgrim who discovers in Mary the way to encounter Jesus; a silhouette of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her fiat, with a crown of stars representing the five continents; and the World Youth Day pilgrim cross.
The logo as a whole forms the letter M, for Mary, in the shape of a heart, pointing to the motto: “Bridge of the World, Heart of the Universe,” and to Our Lady’s selfless heart as a mother.
Indeed, for the first time since its founding by Pope John Paul II in 1985, the World Youth Day 2019 will have a Marian theme: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done until me according to thy word.”
According to Panama Archbishop José Domingo Ulloa Mendieta, the logo was chosen for its ability to communicate “the message we [Panamanians] wish to send to young people all over the world: the smallness of our country and the greatness of our heart, which is open to all without exception.”
During the logo competition, 103 proposals were submitted to a panel of graphic design and marketing professionals. The panel selected three of them, while the winner was chosen by the WYD 2019 Executive Committee, and the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.
The logo was designed by Ambar Calvo, a 20-year-old Panamanian studying architecture at the University of Panama.
World Youth Day is an international gathering of youth organised by the Church. It meets every two to three years in a different city around the world.