Last week when the Pope was admitted to the hospital it made me think - there is no other single person on the planet whose health is a concern to as many people as the Pope.
Not the President of the United States, not the head of the United Nations (can you even tell me his name?) or anyone else. Catholic or Protestant alike, people are concerned because - not necessarily out of love - they respect for his level of influence.
I think many Protestants who in the past have enjoyed not liking the Pope have softened their approach because (1) it's just wrong to be hateful and (2) the fact is, the Pope and the Catholic church is very much responsible to positively impress on the world the Christian ethic.
Agree or not with that last part, can you imagine anyone the globe as a whole cares for more than the Pope? I can't.