"We all of us know down here that politics is a tough game. And I don't think there's any point in being Irish if you don't know that the world is going to break your heart eventually."-Daniel Patrick Moynihan, December 5, 1963
I don't think the Pope deserved this honor, yet. In my mind, up to this point he has given indications that he may deserve the honor in the coming year(s). This reminds me of Obama's Nobel award.
I much prefer to see individuals honored for their deeds rather than their words.
Time flies like an arrow; Fruit flies like a banana. - Groucho