· Logo for the Bishop of Rome’s visit in Sri Lanka ·
The Archdiocese of Colombo has released the
logo for Pope Francis’ visit to Sri Lanka from 12 to 15 January. The Papal
Journey will then continue to the Philippines from 15 to 19. Pending
publication of the official programme, the logo gives some initial insight into
the Pontiff’s visit to the Asian country. At the centre is the “Sri Lanka
cross”, inspired by the cross of St Thomas, found a century ago in the
archaeological excavations of the ancient capital of Anuradhapura. The cross is
blue in remembrance of the country’s consecration to Our Lady of Lanka after
the second world war. The Archdiocese of Colombo chose this exact symbol
because “it also speaks of our love and devotion to Our Lady”. The background
is mitre red and yellow, meant to represent that of the Pontificate. The
lappets of the mitre fall softly along the sides and embrace the words “Pope
Francis” and “Sri Lanka
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