The newly-released logo for the Eighth World Meeting of Families emphasizes family unity, religious liberty and the long history of Philadelphia, which has been chosen to host the international gathering in 2015.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia unveiled the logo on Feb. 25, after the Holy See confirmed that the city will host the next World Meeting of Families.
A statement from the archdiocese explained that the logo’s design was intended to focus on Philadelphia and its role as “the birthplace of religious freedom” since the time of Pennsylvania’s namesake and colonial founder William Penn.
The logo shows five human figures of different heights and ages to illustrate the “many roles” of family members, such as fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, grandparents and grandchildren.
The figures are set against the backdrop of Philadelphia’s famous Liberty Bell, depicted with its famous crack.
The Christian cross has been incorporated into the bell’s yoke “to convey the role of Christ in the family,” the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said.
Pope John Paul II began the World Meeting of Families in 1994 with the goal of supporting and strengthening families worldwide.
Held every three years, the 2015 gathering will be the first World Meeting of Families to take place in the United States. It is expected to draw tens of thousands of participants from around the world from Sept. 22-27, 2015.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said Feb. 25 that the event is intended to be a “gift” not only to Philadelphia Catholics, but to “every person of good will in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and surrounding areas.”
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who will serve as an honorary co-chair of the event, said Philadelphia’s churches, synagogues, mosques and temples are “places of both personal faith and civil freedom.”
“But it is our families that grow up in these institutions that are the foundation of that freedom,” he said.