“Pilgrims of Hope”, you see…

Moving Forward:
Vatican releases Logo for Jubilee Year 2025

[UPDATED 29-JUN-22: Additional video added]

Some time ago the Vatican announced that 2025 would be a jubilee year, which ordinarily takes place every 25 years.

Today the headquarters of the Novus Ordo Church released the logo to go with it. It is displayed above. The theme is “pilgrims of hope”, a motto that basically screams Vatican II.

The Vatican’s Dicastery for Evangelization is responsible for selecting this logo, which was submitted as part of a competition. “A total of 294 entries were received from 213 cities and 48 different countries…,” and this one made the cut, according to a report by Vatican News.

Here is the video of the press conference “unveiling” this important emblem:

Rome Reports published a brief review of the highlights:

The item was created by one Giacomo Travisani.

Vatican News writes: “Giacomo Travisani, present this evening, reflected on what motivated his submission. He said how he had imagined all people moving forward together, able to push ahead ‘thanks to the wind of Hope that is the Cross of Christ and Christ himself’.”

The symbolism is explained further thus:

The Logo shows four stylized figures to indicate all of humanity from the four corners of the earth. They each embrace one another, indicating the solidarity and brotherhood that must unite peoples. The first figure is clinging to the Cross. The underlying waves are choppy to indicate that the pilgrimage of life is not always on calm waters.

Because often personal circumstances and world events call for a greater sense of hope, a description of the Logo says, the lower part of the Cross is elongated turning into an anchor, which dominates the movement of the waves.

Anchors often have been used as metaphors for hope.

The image shows how the pilgrim’s journey is not individual, but rather communal, with the signs of a growing dynamism that moves more and more toward the Cross.

“The Cross is not static,” [Abp. Rino] Fisichella suggested, “but dynamic, bending toward and meeting humanity as if not to leave it alone, but rather offering the certainty of its presence and the reassurance of hope.”

(Deborah Castellano Lubov, “Official Logo of Jubilee unveiled”, Vatican News, June 28, 2022)

So, yeah. Whatever.

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