The Catholic University of America

Dec. 19, 2007

Bishops' Conference Releases U.S. Papal Visit Logo

CUA Publications Director Creates Image

CUA Publications Director Donna Hobson designed the logo for Pope Benedict XVI's April 2008 visit to the United States.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a logo commemorating Pope Benedict XVI's April 2008 visit to the United States.

The logo features a color photograph of Pope Benedict XVI with upraised hands. Behind him is a yellow-screened image of the dome of St. Peter's Basilica. In black type running at the top and over the cupola of the dome are three lines of type reading "Pope Benedict XVI/Christ Our Hope/Apostolic Journey to the United States 2008."

The logo was designed by Donna Hobson, publications director for The Catholic University of America. "In designing this logo," says Hobson, "I wanted to incorporate the papal colors -yellow and white - and to show a welcoming, arms-open, smiling Pope Benedict."

Hobson has been a graphic designer for more than 20 years. She has been CUA's publications director for more than two years, having returned to the area from Detroit, Mich., where she was creative director at Wayne State University.

"I was so pleased to volunteer the services of our university's excellent publications office to design the logo for the papal visit and delighted that the bishops' conference accepted," said Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M, president of Catholic University. "Our CUA community is eagerly awaiting the pontiff's visit to the United States, and especially to our campus, and we want to contribute to its success in every possible way."

The pope will arrive in Washington, D.C., on April 15. On April 17, the pope will deliver an address on Catholic education at CUA to presidents of Catholic colleges and universities as well as diocesan heads of education from around the country.

For additional details about the Holy Father's trip, visit