Pope Benedict XVI

24 May 2008

AWARD’S REASON

POPE BENEDICT XVI receives a model of the “Cloak of Conscience” from a Representative of UNESCO at the Papal Audience on Saint Peters square in Rome.

Pope Benedict XVI is a retired prelate of the Catholic church who served as the head of the church and the sovereign of the Vatican city state from 2005 until his resignation in 2013. Benedict’s election as pope occurred in the 2005 papal conclave that followed the death of Pope John Paul II. Benedict chose to be known by the title “pope emeritus” upon his resignation. Biography