The Vatican unveiled the motto for the Holy Year 2025 on Tuesday. The four colored figures represented people from the “four corners of the world,” explained Archbishop Rino Fisichella, head of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. They hugged each other as a sign of “solidarity and brotherhood”.
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Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s foreign minister also spoke at the launch of the Holy Year emblem at the Vatican. Archbishop Fisichella said that 2023 will be devoted to Vatican II and 2024 to prayer to prepare pilgrims for the Holy Year.
Foreign Minister Cardinal Parolin, speaking Tuesday afternoon at Sala Regia at the Apostolic Palace, said he hoped the theme for the Holy Year 2025 – “pilgrims of hope” – would become authentic content “that the world can experience.” Where the official emblem of the holy year was presented. The cardinal pointed out that the events of the past years and months will push the Church to focus on the virtue of hope, which together with the other two theological virtues – faith and love – form the basis of the Christian life that educates and calls everyone to that. Be responsible builders of a better world. In this context, the Cardinal’s Secretary of State recalled what Pope Francis wrote regarding the Jubilee: “We (…) must do everything so that everyone regains strength and security to face the future with an open mind.”
Religious and cultural event of the Holy Year 2025
Cardinal Parolin thanked the Italian authorities present, participating in the organization of the jubilee, for the cooperation offered in various forms during this preparatory phase, stressing how important the integration was and its fruitfulness for the benefit of those who came to the tomb of Peter and Paul. He will make a pilgrimage to pass through the Holy Door, as expected in the ancient Jubilee tradition. For the Cardinal, the Jubilee is a wonderful opportunity for the city of Rome and Italy in a special way to welcome the millions of tourists who come to experience a faith and cultural event.
Logo and its theological meaning
The emblem of the Holy Year 2025 shows four stylized people representing humanity from the four corners of the earth, embracing each other to signify solidarity and brotherhood with which peoples must unite, clinging to the cross, the sign of faith, which also embraces, hence this is also a sign of hope that must not be abandoned Start. The waves below the image move to show that life’s pilgrimage is not always in calm waters. To call for hope in personal vicissitudes and in times imposed more forcefully by world events, the lower part of the cross is lengthened and becomes an anchor – a metaphor for hope – bracing against the bulge. The choice of colors for the characters is also not accidental: red symbolizes love, work and sharing; Yellow/orange is the color of human warmth. Green evokes peace and balance. Blue / Blue for security and protection. On the other hand, the black/gray color of the cross/anchor indicates authority and the interior aspect. The whole picture also shows that the pilgrim’s journey is not an individual journey, but rather a collective and dynamic journey, heading towards the cross, which is also dynamic, bending towards humanity as if to meet him and not leaving him alone, but presents the certainty of the present and the security of hope. The representation is complemented by the motto of the Holy Year 2025, “Peregrinantes in Spem”, in green. Archbishop Fisichella adds, that the motto represents “a guiding compass and a common expressive denominator, able to transgressively penetrate all the elements that revolve around the celebration of the Jubilee” and express the identity and the special spiritual theme that includes the theological meaning around which the Jubilee revolves.
Archbishop Rino Fisichella explained that the picture presented to define the holy year 2025 was the result of an international competition, attended by students, graphic design studios, seminaries, professionals and art scholars dealing with the topic of pilgrimage and hope. dealing with. 294 entries were received from 213 cities and 48 different countries. The ages of the participants ranged from 6 to 83 years. A committee evaluated the submitted works according to three criteria: Pastoral, so that the Jubilee Message would be easier to understand; Technical drawings, to ensure a good graphical implementation of reproduction; Aesthetically so that the design is successful and attractive. So three final designs were presented to the Pope from which he could choose the one he liked most. “The choice wasn’t easy for him either,” Fisichella says. “After considering the designs several times and expressing his satisfaction, the choice fell on Giacomo Travisani’s proposal,” the Archbishop revealed.