Vatican City, 26 March 2015 (VIS) – This coming 6 June, Pope Francis will visit Sarajevo, capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The slogan of the visit will be “Peace Be With You” and the logo is a dove with an olive branch. Concretely, the dove with olive branch, symbol of peace, is flanking a cross, part of which is a stylized triangle symbolizing the country’s borders, with the colors of white, blue, yellow, and red representing both the country’s flag as well as the presence of Croats in the nation. It is the design of artists Miroslav Setka and Dragan Ivankovic.
At the presentation, Cardinal Vinko Puljic, archbishop of Sarajevo, explained that the slogan and logo were inspired by the Pope’s words “when he announced that the purpose of his visit would promote the peace process in Bosnia. Moreover, ‘Peace Be With You’ is the expression with which Jesus greeted the disciples when He appeared to them after the Resurrection. The times we live in,” the cardinal said, “are times of uncertainty regarding the future and that is why everyone in this country, especially we Catholics, needs this encouragement.”