We, also not Catholic, have still had a deep respect for the leader of the Catholic church. This pope has done more for religion in general and freedom in the world than any other of which we are aware.
One of my memories of the pope is when the assassination attempt was made against him. I remember him bending down to pat a little child on the head who had a Fatima medal (or something like that) on, just as the assassin pulled the trigger and the bullet missed being fatal by a fraction of an inch. Who says God isn't out there when you need Him?
If John Wayne did "get religion" at the end as some say, maybe he and the pope are chattin' right now.