Greatly to be admired, this Pope, who leads over 1 billion Catholics worldwide, knows himself. He knows his limitations. He knows and understands what is required in this day and time to lead so great a people and he knows when it is time to step aside in order for another to take the reigns of leadership, regardless of centuries of tradition and expectations. He does this, it would seem, for the good of the whole. There seems to be for this Pope a deep consciousness of responsibility. Is this not the mark of true wisdom and humility? Is this not the mark of courage and strong leadership? Perhaps, this is this Pope’s greatest achievement.