Benedict XVI, born 1927, is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church. He served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that role, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and Sovereign of the Vatican City State. Benedict XVI was the first Pope to resign in nearly 600 years. From the book “We are all equal”, by Finn Nygaard. Author Elsebeth Aasted Schanz, PhD, Manager and curator of the Danish Poster Museum.