1) Having a pope who isn’t named John Paul. For those of us under a certain age that’s just the Pope’s name, know what I mean?
2) The fact that Ratzinger turned into Benedict. I don’t know what the name Benedict means to Catholics, but it somehow just conveys something totally different to me than the name Ratzinger. It’s almost as if The Rock renamed himself Boopsie.
By the way, even though I am obviously a heavy user of modern information technology, I love the fact that the Vatican communicates this stuff with smoke signals. Sure, there was some confusion over what color the smoke actually was, but is it any worse than your server crashing for no apparent reason?