The passing of the former Cardinal Ratzinger is worthy of mention. Benedict was appreciated by many Catholic faithful because he adhered to an orthodox, traditional view of Catholicism and Christian faith. In fact, he enabled the Latin Mass to be celebrated in many places once again, which many Catholics appreciated.
As someone who was raised Catholic, I share many evangelicals’ disagreements with Catholicism. A major breakthrough took place, however, with Pope John Paul II who conceded in his teachings– perhaps for the first time in the modern Catholic Church– that salvation is by faith, not works. Benedict did not reverse that finding.
I am not sure I entirely understand the circumstances that led to his resignation at age 85. But his replacement– Francis– has been absolutely disastrous.
Readers might find interesting the fact that he was German, had come of age during Hitler’s reign and served in the military before deserting. A Wikipedia entry describes his life at that time.