I am not a religious person, and I raised a few eyebrows at the whole hitler youth thing with this pope, although his explanation that young men in germany had little choice makes sense to me. In all honesty, I could not care about who the pope was or what he did. Until he came to Britain.
While he was here, I was actually captivated by it. So many people were out to greet him, and you could visibly see that he touched so many lives. And this was just three days of his life. It reminded me very much so of the Queen's visits. Had little relevance to me or my life, but I appreciate that he brought hope, happiness, faith, and even just a smile to so many people. It won me over to be quite honest.
I think he did a good job. I'm surprised he would resign, but I can imagine that it would be very difficult on such an old man. I personally wonder why Popes are so old when appointed. I know you need life experience, but it seems like a very difficult job for men in their 90's.