A Sydney Catholic youth leader has met with and spoke with Pope Francis during a World Youth Day (WYD) event, attended by hundreds of thousands of young people in Central America.
The Coordinator of Sydney Catholic Youth, Mr Chris Lee, received the once-in-a-lifetime invitation to meet and speak with the Holy Father during the WYD Vigil in Panama City on Sunday morning.
Mr Lee was selected to represent Oceania at the Vigil event along with one representative from five regions of the world. Each representative had an opportunity to personally meet and speak with Pope Francis at the Vigil.
The 25-year-old who is leading more than 40 Catholic Youth from across Sydney at World Youth Day alongside Sydney Archbishop the Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, described meeting Pope Francis as “a great personal honour”.
“I turned to my Catholic faith after my father died of cancer and I suffered a serious injury after being attacked by a stranger in a Kings Cross street over the 2012 Easter weekend”, he said.
“I have come a long way since those dark days and I attribute that very much to my Catholic faith, which has guided me in so many ways through those tough times”.
Following the Vigil, Mr Lee also accompanied Pope Francis in Eucharistic Adoration.