About the logo

The logo appears on the printed edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is taken from a third century Christian tombstone in the catacombs in Rome. Although originally pagan, this image was adopted by Christians to symbolize the peace and happiness of the soul in paradise. It represents also many of the themes covered in the Catechism: “Christ, the Good Shepherd who leads and protects his faithful (the lamb) by his authority (the staff), draws them by the melodious symphony of the truth (the panpipes) and makes them lie down in the shade of the ‘tree of life’, his redeeming Cross which opens paradise”.

Geoffrey Chapman (ed), Catechism of the Catholic Church (London 2000) iv