The author of the logo is Beatriz Roque Antunes, a 24-year-old young Portuguese designer. As of today, the WYD website is also online, which is available at www.lisboa2023.org
The logo of the World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 was presented this Friday (10/16).
On the 16th of October we celebrate the papal election of St. John Paul II, founder of this international meeting of young people that has marked generations around the world.
The new World Youth Day (WYD) logo was inspired by the theme chosen by Pope Francis for the edition of WYD, which will take place in Lisbon («Mary got up and left in a hurry», Lc 1, 39) and by the features of Portuguese culture and religiosity.
The author is Beatriz Roque Antunes, a 24-year-old young Portuguese designer. He studied Design in London and currently works at a communication agency in Lisbon.
“As the passage that is the theme of WYD Lisbon 2023 tells us, Maria doesn’t settle and goes to visit her cousin. This is an invitation to young people: not to settle, to make it happen, to build and not leave the world’s destiny in the hands of others. We all need young people to take the world in their hands ”, says the winner of the contest.
The central element of the logo is the cross. This is crossed by a path where the Holy Spirit appears. It is an invitation to young people not to settle down and be protagonists in the construction of a more just and fraternal world. The colors (green, red and yellow) evoke the Portuguese flag.
The Cross of Christ, a sign of God’s infinite love for humanity, is the central element, from which everything is born.
As the account of the Visitation on the theme of WYD Lisbon 2023 indicates, Maria leaves, setting out on her way to live the will of God, and offering to serve Isabel. This movement underlines the invitation made to young people to renew ‘inner strength, dreams, enthusiasm, hope and generosity’ (Christus Vivit, 20). Along the way, there is also a dynamic form that evokes the Holy Spirit.
The option for the rosary celebrates the spirituality of the Portuguese people in their devotion to Our Lady of Fatima. This is placed on the way to invoke the pilgrimage experience that is so striking in Portugal.
Mary was designed as a young woman to represent the figure of the Gospel of Saint Luke (Lk 1, 39) and enhance a greater identification with young people. The drawing expresses the youthfulness of his age, characteristic of those who have not yet become mothers, but which bears the light of the world. This figure appears slightly tilted, to show the Virgin Mary’s determined attitude.
As of today, the WYD website is also online, which is available at www.lisboa2023.org.