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MANILA, Feb. 18, 2012—The CBCP Episcopal Commission on Youth (ECY) urged young Filipinos interested to attend next year’s World Youth Day (WYD) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to start their preparations, especially after organizers have recently unveiled the official event logo.
WYD 2013 organizers in Rio de Janeiro unveiled last week the official logo for the next international gathering of young Catholics slated from July 23 to 28, 2013 in Brazil.
The official WYD 2013 logo, designed by 25-year-old Brazilian Gustavo Huguenin, featured Brazil’s national colors of green, blue and yellow and elements that form a heart, arranged around Christ's image, inspired by the famous “Christ the Redeemer” statue.
ECY executive secretary Fr. Conegundo Garganta said the unveiling of the WYD 2013 logo signals the start of the pilgrim’s preparation for the event.
“Although the event is more than a year away, pilgrims have to start making physical, mental, spiritual and financial preparations this early,” he said.
The official added that pilgrims, especially those without prior WYD experience, should get ready to adapt on the WYD’s realities of long walks, loaded-schedules, and climate variations, among others.
“They have to study and prepare for the rigors of daily requirements. They have to be physically and mentally ready for those,” he added, citing common complaints of past WYD pilgrims.
Garganta admitted that there are still no requirements set yet for applications to be pilgrims for the WYD, adding that no communication has been made yet between the ECY and the WYD 2013 organizers in Brazil. (YouthPinoy)