They came from all over Europe to see Pope Francis. More than 9,000 young people participated in the international meeting of altar servers, which is held every five years in Rome.
Altar servers from more than 20 countries took part in the big event. It was a time to have fun, but also to reflect on the responsibility of being an altar server.
"To help the priest, maybe is the best part. We are learning also new knowledge, and we have a lots of possibilities in our future, because we can make new friends.”
These altar boys from Austria, represent a group of more than 600 who came from a local diocese. They hope their trip will ultimately help younger generations.
Altar Server (Austria)
"It's a great experience for everyone and I hope that afterward they all attend Mass with even more joy.”
They are aware that their work as altar servers is time-consuming, but they say it's worth it. The Pope also recognized this, as he addressed the crowd.
Alter Sever (Austria)
"They do a lot of work every Sunday, during the week. They put their free time into it, and I think he really appreciates and he thanks them for it.”
They all dream of helping during a Papal Mass. In fact, one young altar server knew exactly what he'd say to the Pope if given the chance.
"Come to Slovakia.”
Until that visit happens, he says he's happy to have seen the Pope up close in the Vatican.