I have written before about how contextual the importance we give death is - one person we know or who is famous dying appears much more significant to us than someone we don't know dying - even if it is in much more significant circumstances.
Thousands of people died in the Tsunami panic during the week but their collective deaths were given much less prominence and coverage than the recent death of the pope. Did we really need to know every minute detail of his passing, to be informed moment by moment as he shuffled off this mortal coil?
OK so he was the head of a very powerful organisation and his passing has significance to millions of people but his actual death was no different from billions of others.
He was, after all, just another bloke popping his clogs.