Have a look at Annunciations of a New Springtime. There's an excellent post on the "superstar cult" surrounding God's Vicar on Earth. It includes a quote that's amazingly perceptive, from the parish priest of Pentling, in Bavaria. "The Pope at eighty is in excellent form because he feels that he is loved."
Doesn't that say it all. He came from a position where, by merely doing his job, he was hated by far too many. He got to show his true colors and look what happened. Someone has said the people came to see John Paul, but they come to HEAR Benedict. That's true. John Paul prepared the way, by being loved for his personality. He prepared everyone to listen to the message delivered by his successor. People have come to love Benedict for himself, but they've also started loving the message he brings. That fact gives great hope for the future.
By the way, I know just how he feels. Why do you think I'm in such fine form?
The picture was shamelessly lifted from Servant and Steward. Go see the others!