Mini world youth day Theme and Moto and why it was choosen.

Logo Explained

Theme: “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)
Moto: Young People, Faith and Vocation

The spiritual path indicated by Pope Francis to the young continues along the line of reflection begun at the last three World Youth Days (2014-16), which focused on the Beatitudes and culminated at last summer’s celebration in Krakow.

For the next three years, this path will lead up to the 2019 World Youth Day which will be held in Panama. World Youth Day is celebrated at the diocesan level each year on Palm Sunday.
The Holy Father wanted to present the Virgin Mary to young people as a model of an accomplished life. The Blessed Virgin Mary is at the heart of the themes for the upcoming WYDs, which are taken from the Gospel of Saint Luke:

  • 32nd World Youth Day, 2017: “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is His Name” (Lk 1:49)
  • 33rd World Youth Day, 2018: “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God” (Lk 1:30)
  • 34th World Youth Day, 2019: “I am the servant of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38)

As we know, the Mother of the Lord is the one whom all generations will call blessed (Lk 1:49). In the speech prepared for the meeting with the WYD volunteers in Krakow, Pope Francis highlighted the attitudes of Jesus’ Mother and described her as a model to be imitated. Then, speaking informally on that occasion, the Holy Father urged the young to recall the past, have courage for the present, and to have and be hope for the future.

Who designed the Mini World Youth Day 2017 logo and what does it stand for?

Sphe Ntinga
SACBC Youth Ministry Media and Publicity Officer ClickArt

When I was approached by Fr Mthembeni CMM to design the Mini World Youth Day logo, he instructed me to design it around the themes for the World Youth Day. He was emphasizing that the Blessed Virgin Mary should be the center of the logo, since Mary is at the heart of the upcoming WYD theme, which are taken from the gospel of Saint Luke.
I had to come up with a logo from the resources, I had from the briefing. These were a Lilly flower, letter-M with a crown on top, and there had to be an ocean. In addition, I also consulted Boitumelo Makgwale whose knowledge about the church’s liturgy I trust very much.
After understanding the themes together with the information, I had, I decided that in all this there is love from Christ and Mary. Then came the idea of the heart shape and the cross and other elements representing the Virgin Mary. And the colours, I tried to use only the colours found on the SACBC Youth Ministry logo.
However, I believe it was more than just this; the creative process cannot really be put into words.
As a young Catholic, as a self-taught designer, as ClickArt thank you for the opportunity.