A high-relief of the medal of the Apostolic Journey reproducing the Black Virgin of Czestochowa and the logo of the 31st World Youth Day (by the artist Danila Longo)
The commemorative medal of the Apostolic Journey depicts the Black Virgin of Czestochowa and the logo of the 31st World Youth Day, work of the artist Daniela Longo. The symbolism of the logo unites, in an evocative way, several elements of this World Youth Day. Its theme is taken from the Gospel of Matthew “Blessed are the merciful , for they shall obtain mercy” (Mt 5:7). A cross at the center of the medal refers to Christ who is the core of the World Youth Day. Two rays, one red and the other blue/light blue, emanate from the cross, representing the rays of the Divine Mercy.
They are the blood and water flowing from the side of Christ, as seen in the image described by Saint Faustina Kowalska. The rays are intertwined with the arms of a young man embracing the cross. The logo is positioned within a coat of arms shaped like Poland. The head of the young man indicates the geographical location of Krakow, while the colors being used, blue, red and yellow, refer to the official colors of the town.