The Vacancy of the Holy See
(Papal Interregnum)

The period between the death or resignation of a Pope and the election of his successor, is formally referred to as "The Vacancy of the Apostolic See." It can also be called the Papal  Interregnum, from the Latin for between the reign (of one Pope and another). It is a period governed by papal law, which admits of no changes to Church governance, or to the spiritual or material patrimony of  St. Peter, save the election of his successor.


 
Apostolic Constitution 
Universi Dominici Gregis
The Interregnum:
Resignation of a Pope
Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio
De Aliquibus Mutationibus
1. When a Pope Dies
Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio
Normas Nonnullus
2. Mourning Period
Who's in charge? 3. Funeral and Burial
Congregations of the College 4. Before the Conclave
Notable Officials 5. Entry into the Conclave
Pontifical Chapel 6. Election Procedure
Sistine Chapel 7. Special Provisions
Conclave Facts 8. The Results of the Vote
Who Can be Elected Pope
History of Papal Electoral Law
Interregnum Terms and Expressions

March 2013 Vacancy of the Apostolic See

Current Cardinal Electors

February 2013 modifications of the electoral law

Inaugural Mass for Pope Francis (Latin/Italian Mass Booklet) (PDF)

Ring of Pope Francis


April 2005 Vacancy of the Apostolic See

Domus Santa Martae & New Urns Used in Election

Solemn Funeral Mass (Latin/Italian Mass Booklet) (PDF)

Website for Conclave of April 2005

Summary of Inaugural Mass of Pope Benedict XVI

Inaugural Mass for Benedict XVI (Latin/Italian Mass Booklet) (PDF)

 


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