World Youth Day Rio celebrated its first big moment in February 2012 with the announcement of their logo.
The logo attempts to capture the image of Jesus and the meaning of being a disciple. The Gospel of Matthew, from which the theme of WYD2013 comes, tells us that Jesus met his disciples on a mountain after his resurrection. In the same way, the symbol of Rio de Janeiro, Christ the Redeemer, is also located at the top of a mountain and is a monument known all over the world. The theme is a command proclaimed by Jesus himself. For this reason the logo has the image of Christ the Redeemer in the centre of the picture.
Together, the elements of the logo resemble a heart. This is because the heart has become the centre of faith among the nations. In 2013, Brazil will be the centre of youth during WYD. Also, this composition represent Christian disciples, who have Jesus in their hearts.
In the logo, the arms of Christ the Redeemer go beyond the border of the heart as an allusion of the welcoming arms of God awaiting the youth from the whole world. It represents Brazil’s cordial and generous welcome.
The upper part (in green) was inspired by the lines of the Sugar Loaf, universal symbol of the city of Rio de Janeiro, and the cross reinforces the meaning of the Brazilian territory known as the Land of the Holy Cross. The bottom part (in blue), represents the Brazilian shore, and the green and yellow represent these colours on the the Brazilian flag.
The Logo was designed by Gustavo Huguenin a 25 years old from Brazil.
At the ceremony he said “For me is a great joy know my job will be used in the biggest catholic event in the world and it will be associated with a personal meeting between the youth and god himself “