We’ve been waiting for months to have the logo of Portugal 2023 unveiled and it was finally unveiled on Friday, October 16, 2020.
Information was sent all over for people to submit sample logos for the next World Youth Day which is going to be hosted in Lisbon, Portugal.
According to sources, the committee received thousands of applications that went through various selection processes, and the one chosen was designed by a 24-year old Portuguese named Beatriz Roque Antunes who studied Design in London and currently works with a Communication Agency in Lisbon.
In a short interview with Beatriz about the meaning of the logo, Beatriz talks about how she initially designed it with the Cross which is always the center of the World Youth Day as we are followers of the Cross of Christ and then adding a pathway which to her was the foundation of the theme set out by Pope Francis for the celebration, “Mary arose and went in haste” which she believes is a message which should inspire young people to arise and move in haste and most importantly moving with the direction of the Holy Spirit as Mary did.
She added that “after I was done, I knew something was left, I knew the Rosary element was left out and I had to put it there especially as we have a very strong devotion to Our Lady of Fatima.”
She continued by saying; “As the theme passage of the WYD Lisbon 2023 says, Mary doesn’t conform to and she decides to visit her cousin. That is the invitation for the young people: don’t stand still, make it happen, build the world, and don’t leave it in someone else’s hands. We all need everybody to take the world in their hands. ”
World Youth Day Lisbon was initially scheduled for August 2022, but the Vatican announced last April that it would be postponed to August 2023, as the World Meeting of Families in Rome was postponed from June 2021 to 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Both events usually include the presence of the Pope and gather at least tens of thousands of people from all over the world.
A delegation from Panama is now scheduled to pass the cross and icon to young people from Portugal on Nov. 22, the Feast of Christ the King. But Bishop Américo Aguiar, the president of the WYD Lisbon Foundation, said this date might be subject to change due to the pandemic.
World Youth Day, which is typically held on a different continent every three years, was started by St. Pope John Paul II in 1985. The Lisbon organizing committee said that it decided to release the logo on Oct. 16 in honor of the anniversary of the election of St. John Paul II.
Source: Radio Angelus