With the death of the Pope, I'm reminded of the many world leaders who have died during my lifetime. As community leaders fade away, one can only hope that new leaders---perhaps wiser leaders---will follow in their wake. As much as I personally felt that the Pope was disappointing on many levels (ie: the role of women, reproductive rights, homosexuality), he certainly staked his name on being adamantly anti-war----now that's a pro-life stance if I ever heard one.
Anyway, the renewal of Spring brings to mind the renewal of all things: politics, religion, humanity, compassion, kindness, humility.
May all beings be free from suffering.