When asked about his expectations for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in 2013, the cardinal replied:
These are brilliant, formidable initiatives! There are many who criticize these because they only see the surface, the spectacular aspect, and they don't see the deep effects stimulated by these great catechetical events. In Spain, for example, there were 400,000 youths who after the event became apostles. And this for me is an authentic catholicity. It is a universal dimension which caused these youths, who had little idea of the Gospel, to become inspired and united by Christian ideals, open to other cultures , other nations, desirous of living in the faith.
Sr. Joanne Gonter, VHM