As an intellectual wanna-be, I find the whole concept of taking a weekend for discussion and debate over one topic between a bunch of intellectuals fascinating. I would love to be in that room, hearing all of the sides of the argument turned over, point and counterpoint batted back and forth. But alas, I'm not Dr. Osborne or even Professor Oz (though I bet I'd have made a really cool college professor).
I think it's cool that despite becoming pope, with all of its demands on time and effort, that Pope Benedict is still making time to continue this tradition. It certainly is a far cry from some "religious" figures who blindly ignore science and try to push that ignorance onto school children.
IMO, there's nothing the requires that evolution and divine influence in the universe are exclusive. Evolution is a mechanism, and just because you don't believe in the literal interpretation of your chosen creation myth it doesn't mean that you can't believe that the end result was influenced by more than just random chance.
I also find it interesting that the literal interpretation of Genesis, with the Earth only being roughly 6,000 years old, is predominantly an American phenomenon. We are supposedly the most advanced country in the world, but there are still those trying to push this into schools. And we wonder why we're losing ground to other countries in science and technology?