Student Luke Morris met Pope Francis during his pilgrimage to Panama to attend a World Youth Day event.
The Year 11 student from Mater Maria Catholic College was selected to sit behind the Pope (pictured) at a vigil held on the closing night of the international event for young Catholics.
Raising $10,000 with help from the college and the Broken Bay Diocese, the Warriewood student, 16, took a two-week trip last month to participate in the religious festival.
Morris said he was aghast at the size of the event, which is held every three years with numbers reaching up to one million.
“Because it’s so big, you can go so far back that you can’t see the main stage,” he said.
“I was lucky enough to get picked to be on the stage. It was incredible to look out and see this sea of people.”
Thanking his school and the diocese for their support, the northern beaches teen said his journey to Central America was a dream come true.
“I’d heard about World Youth Day but never thought I’d actually get to go,” he said.
“The thought of the unknown was really appealing,” the teen added.
Penelope Bradley –