Papal Transition Resource
On USCCB Web Site
Two versions of a backgrounder on the procedures to be followed after the death of Pope John Paul II and leading to the election of his successor, is available on the Web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (http://www.usccb.org/pope/papaltransition.pdf ). Presented in question and answer format, the backgrounder draws on the Church's Code of Canon Law, Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici Gregis regarding the period between popes, and additional sources.
In addition, USCCB staff are available for interviews and further information by calling (202) 541-3200.
Further information on the life and papacy of Pope John Paul II can be found on the Web at www.usccb.org.