Motto and Logo for Papal trip presented
The group, led by Fathers Chung Ui-chul and Hur Young-Yup, is in Rome this week to finalize the details of the papal trip scheduled from August 14 to 18.
A delegation from the Korean Bishop’s Conference organising committee has presented to Vatican the motto and logo for Pope Francis’ upcoming Apostolic Voyage to Korea.
The group, led by Fathers Chung Ui-chul and Hur Young-Yup, respectively in charge of Liturgical Celebrations and Public Relations for the papal visit, are in Rome this week to finalize the details of the papal trip scheduled from August 14 to 18.
“Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you” (Is, 60:1) is the motto for the first Papal trip to the nation since Blessed John Paul II’s visit in 1989.
The official logo for the event is two intertwining flames, one blue and the other red, which rise from two waves that represent a boat. The colours indicate the two Koreas and the intertwining of the flames aims to emphasize a desire for the reunification of the two nations. The blue waves that form the boat are shaped like knife blades, a sign of the sacrifice of the martyrs of the Korean Church. The blue stands for God’s mercy which is as great as the ocean.
The two main events during Pope Francis’ trip to South Korea are the 6th Asian Youth Day (AYD) and the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs.
The AYD is to take place from August 13 to 17 in the diocese of Daejeon and will gather young Christians together from across the continent under the motto “Asian Youth! Wake up! The glory of the martyrs shines upon you”.
The AYD motto points to the second event, the beatification of 124 Korean martyrs – Paul Yun Ji-chung, the first Korean martyr, and 123 companions who were executed between 1791 and 1888 for the Faith by the Joseon Dynasty.
Pope John Paul II’s first visit to Korea was 30 years ago for the canonization ceremony of 103 Korean martyrs including Andrew Kim Tae-gon, the first Korean native priest.
Asia is home to the world’s fastest growing Catholic community, more than doubling in numbers in the last century, despite remaining an overall religious minority. In Korea, Catholicism has grown by an estimated 70% over the past decade - numbering more than five million faithful - about 10% of the national population.
Source: Vatican Radio