With the support of the Polish Pope, immediately after the canonization Mass of John Paul II, the idea for the WYD logo, whose authors are Monika Rybczyńska and Emilia Pyza, was born.
The World Youth Day Krakow logo was created by graduate of the Faculty of Journalism and Social Sciences, Monica Rybczyńska, and graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Emilia Pyza.
“I graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Warsaw. I am not a graphic designer. I drew the logo in the best manner I could – without beautiful colors and baselines. Then, Emily, who has experience with this type of work and is doing it professionally, sat down with the idea,” says the author of the logo, Monika Rybczyńska.
The project began forming in Rome after the canonization Mass of John Paul II.
“I won a contest in which I did not take part in. Initially, I had no intentions in taking part in the competition, but when the first phase of the contest began and they did not select any work, I decided to participate. After the canonization of John Paul II, I thought it might be a good time and place to try to create the logo. It was in the Vatican, after praying to the Holy Father, when the idea popped into my head,” adds Monika Rybczyńska. “I am the author, but it is not mine – it is a gift from heaven.”
The logo is composed of three colors: blue, red, and yellow. The blue symbolizes water; red – blood; yellow symbolizes of the spiritual riches of those who follow the cross.
According to the rules of the competition for the WYD logo, published by the Archdiocese of Krakow, the logo was to tie into the theme of World Youth Day: Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy (Mt 5,7).
The logo primarily refers to mercy, being the subject of the meeting between youth and Pope Francis in Krakow. The symbol of mercy is the spark, which St. Sister Faustina referred to in her diary. The rays that come from the cross are a symbol of the presence of Christ. These rays are colored red and blue. This is also a connection to the image of the Merciful Jesus who appeared to St. Sister Faustina. The logo also includes the outline of Poland – the homeland of St. John Paul II, worshiper of Divine Mercy. The yellow dot in the logo represents Krakow – the meeting place, as well as the youth.
“I had a fragment of the Diary of Sister Faustina in my mind, where Jesus said: “From here will come forth the spark," and I thought that the spark of Divine Mercy came precisely from Krakow and now again we will have an opportunity to kindle Krakow’s mercy. I knew that the logo had to be created under this inspirational idea,” adds the author.