He was the only Roman Catholic Pope I've ever known, and--apart from the troubling business of dealing far to intimately with non-Christian faiths--was otherwise an outstanding one. A bastion of conservatism in his communion, he stood firm on issues of life, suffering, the priesthood and goodwill towards those of different opinions (again, at times to a fault) when many others in it were wont to fold.
Que su memoria sea eterna...
And may his embracing of the Lord's call to suffer help us all see the sacrament, the passage into Life that all things--yes, even suffering, which sought to drive us to despair, and death, which sought to annihilate us--have now become because of the Resurrection.
Before Thy Cross we bow down in worship, O Master, and Thy holy Resurrection we glorify.