|Meaning of logo for the 26th World Youth Day
The cross is for the centrality and supremacy of Jesus in our lives, in the Church, and in the World Youth Day celebrations.
The crown represents the crown of La Virgen de la Almudena, the female patron saint of Madrid - the crown is now venerated in Madrid’s Cathedral.
The red M that forms the left half the of the crown is for “Madrid” and “Maria”.
According to the designer, Jose Gil-Nogués, the logo "has a spontaneous and strong stroke, as the youth of the twenty-first century. It is close, friendly, open, cheerful, casual and positive…
The use of a palette of warm colors (red, orange and yellow) transmits an unmistakable warmth and heat, as does Madrid, and Spain as a country. These colours are also a reflection of the warmth of God, the Trinity of Love."
The logo was selected after a competition among professional graphic designers.