Vatican releases logo, motto of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Peru
2017-08-19 Vatican Radio
The Vatican has released the official logo and motto for Pope Francis’ Apostolic Journey to Peru, which takes place on 18-21 January 2018.
“United for Hope” (Unidos por la esperanza) is the official motto for the Journey, signifying that the encounter will be “a great feast of hope to be received in unity”.
The logo expresses the Pope’s closeness to the Peruvian people and his accompaniment of their journey of faith.
Two outstretched hands under the motto and date of the visit evoke the colors of the Peruvian and Vatican flags: red and yellow, respectively.
They form the shape of wings as a sign of prayer, praise, and joy for the arrival of Pope Francis in Peru. To the left, Pope Francis joyfully reaches out of a map of Peru in a sign of closeness to the country and of unity with it.
This is the third papal visit to Peru Pope Francis becomes the second Pope to visit Peru, following Pope St. John Paul II’s two visits in 1985 and 1988.
Thirty years then since the last papal visit, Peru requested that Pope Francis journey there, in order to strengthen the bond between God and his Peruvian people and to aid in “a new missionary awakening” in the country.
The January trip will mark the third time a pope has visited, an Andean nation on the east coast of Latin America that’s home to roughly 31 million people, making it Latin America’s fifth most populous country. St. John Paul II visited in 1985 and again in 1988.
Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, the capital of Peru, has welcomed the visit. “I believe that this is, I think it is an excellent opportunity for the whole Peruvian family to look for the best, knowing that Pope Francis brings a message of reconciliation,” he said in June.
In Peru, Francis is scheduled to visit the cities of Lima, Puerto Maldonado and Trujillo. That will come after his stop in Chile, where he’s expected to stop in Santiago, Temuco and Iquique. Although Chile shares an extensive border with Pope Francis’s own native Argentina, the pontiff is not scheduled to make a homecoming on this outing. To date the pontiff has not made any plans to visit Argentina, having previously ruled out such a stop in 2017.