.- The theme and logo for Pope Benedict XVIâs April visit to the United States were revealed on Wednesday.
The message âChrist our Hopeâ is placed over a full-color photograph of an open-armed Pope Benedict waving both hands. The Popeâs image is before a yellow-screened photo of the dome of St. Peterâs Basilica. In black type running at the top and over the cupola of the dome are three lines of type reading âPope Benedict XVI/Christ Our Hope/Apostolic Journey to the United States 2008.â
The theme reflects that of the Popeâs recent encyclical âSpe Salviâ, which examined Christiansâ hope in eternal salvation as a product of faith in Christ.
Donna Hobson, director of publications at the Catholic University of America (CUA), designed the logo. She explained the creative decisions that went into its production.
âI wanted to incorporate the papal colorsâyellow and whiteâ and my vision was to show a welcoming, arms-open, smiling Pope Benedict,â she said.
Father David OâConnell, C.M., CUA president, said he was âpleased to volunteer the services of our universityâs excellent publications office to design the logo.â
He also reported the university was looking forward to the papal visit, saying âOur CUA community is eagerly awaiting the pontiffâs visit to the United States, and especially to our campus, and we want to contribute to its success in every possible way.â