The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Pell, has said that Pope Francis’s popularity with the media is 'too good to last,' reports The Catholic Herald.
The cardinal, a member of the powerful Group of Eight cardinals appointed to advise Francis, made the remark in a reflection on World Youth Day in Rio. His comment followed the Pope being called 'awesome' by the men’s magazine Esquire and his face appearing on the cover of Vanity Fair and Time magazine.
Considering the success of World Youth Day, Cardinal Pell said: 'Pope Francis’s reception in the secular press is too good to last, but he has cemented his place in the hearts of young Catholics.'
The cardinal also wondered about the presence of surfers at the Pope’s final Mass in Rio. 'The final Mass was a triumph of prayer and worship. Perhaps 50 or 100 continued their surfing, but I am not sure whether this was a small protest or evidence of religious indifference,' he said.
'Pope Francis made his usual three points in the sermon. The young were urged not to spend their lives as spectators on the balcony as the struggle between good and evil, faith and fear, passes below.'