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Sede Vacante

at the Death or Resignation of the Supreme Pontiff

When the Pope resigns or dies, before the election of a successor, the Petrine See of Rome becomes vacant (sede vacante). The canon laws governing this period of interregnum are specified in the Apostolic Constitution Universi Dominici gregis, later modified by the Motu Proprio Normas nonnullas. During the period of sede vacante, certain offices in the Roman Curia are suspended, and some offices have special roles as specified in Universi Dominici gregis.

Cardinals who are under the age of 80, as calculated on the day before the Apostolic See becomes vacant, are eligible to elect the Roman Pontiff in the Conclave.

Special liturgical rites are used for the Papal Funeral, for the Conclave and for the Inauguration of the Pontificate.

Offices that continue to be exercised

OfficePrelate
Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of Apostolic Camera

FranceCardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (74)Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (74)

Vice-Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of Apostolic Camera

ItalyArchbishop Giampiero Gloder (59)Archbishop Giampiero Gloder (59)

Major Penitentiary of Apostolic Penitentiary

ItalyCardinal Mauro Piacenza (72)Cardinal Mauro Piacenza (72)

Vicar General for the Vatican City State of Roma

ItalyCardinal Angelo Comastri (73)Cardinal Angelo Comastri (73)

Vicar General for the Vicariate of Rome of Roma

ItalyArchbishop Angelo De Donatis (63)Archbishop Angelo De Donatis (63)

Archpriest of Papal Basilica of St. Peter

ItalyCardinal Angelo Comastri (73)Cardinal Angelo Comastri (73)

Substitute for General Affairs of Secretariat of State

ItalyArchbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu (68)Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu (68)

Secretary for Relations with States of Secretariat of State

EnglandArchbishop Paul Richard Gallagher (63)Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher (63)

Almoner of His Holiness of Office of Papal Charities

PolandArchbishop Konrad Krajewski (53)Archbishop Konrad Krajewski (53)

Prefect of Prefecture of the Papal Household

GermanyArchbishop Georg Gänswein (60)Archbishop Georg Gänswein (60)

Prefect of Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura

FranceCardinal Dominique François Joseph Mamberti (65)Cardinal Dominique François Joseph Mamberti (65)

Dean of Tribunal of the Roman Rota

ItalyMsgr. Pio Vito Pinto (76)Msgr. Pio Vito Pinto (76)

Secretaries of Dicasteries of the Roman Curia
Other Officials of Apostolic Penitentiary
Other Officials of Apostolic Signatura
Other Officials of Roman Rota
Apostolic Nuncios and Delegates to Nations
Holy See Representatives to World Organizations
Pontifical Swiss Guards

Offices in the Roman Curia that are suspended

OfficePrelate
Secretary of State of Secretariat of State

ItalyCardinal Pietro Parolin (62)Cardinal Pietro Parolin (62)

Prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

GermanyCardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller (69)Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller (69)

Prefect of Congregation for the Oriental Churches

ArgentinaCardinal Leonardo Sandri (73)Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (73)

Prefect of Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

GuineaCardinal Robert Sarah (71)Cardinal Robert Sarah (71)

Prefect of Congregation for the Causes of Saints

ItalyCardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B. (78)Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B. (78)

Prefect of Congregation for Bishops

CanadaCardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S. (72)Cardinal Marc Ouellet, P.S.S. (72)

Prefect of Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples

ItalyCardinal Fernando Filoni (71)Cardinal Fernando Filoni (71)

Prefect of Congregation for Clergy

ItalyCardinal Beniamino Stella (75)Cardinal Beniamino Stella (75)

Prefect of Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and for Societies of Apostolic Life

BrazilCardinal João Bráz de Aviz (70)Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz (70)

Prefect of Congregation for Catholic Education (for Educational Institutions)

ItalyCardinal Giuseppe Versaldi (73)Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi (73)

Prefect of Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

USACardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell (69)Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell (69)

Prefect of Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

GhanaCardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson (68)Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson (68)

President of Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

SwitzerlandCardinal Kurt Koch (67)Cardinal Kurt Koch (67)

President of Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts

ItalyCardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (79)Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio (79)

President of Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue

FranceCardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (74)Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (74)

President of Pontifical Council for Culture

ItalyCardinal Gianfranco Ravasi (74)Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi (74)

President of Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization

ItalyArchbishop Salvatore Fisichella (65)Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella (Rino) (65)

President of Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See

ItalyCardinal Domenico Calcagno (74)Cardinal Domenico Calcagno (74)

President of Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy SeeVacant
Other Members of Dicasteries of the Roman Curia

Offices with Special Duties at the Death or Resignation of the Supreme Pontiff

OfficePrelate
Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of Apostolic Camera

FranceCardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (74)Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (74)

Vice-Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of Apostolic Camera

ItalyArchbishop Giampiero Gloder (59)Archbishop Giampiero Gloder (59)

Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations

ItalyMsgr. Guido Marini (52)Msgr. Guido Marini (52)

Cleric Prelates of Apostolic Camera

ItalyMsgr. Assunto Scotti (62)Msgr. Assunto Scotti (62)

ItalyMsgr. Antonio Lazzaro (61)Msgr. Antonio Lazzaro (61)

ItalyMsgr. Lucio Bonora (65)Msgr. Lucio Bonora (65)

PolandMsgr. Krzysztof Józef Nykiel (52)Msgr. Krzysztof Józef Nykiel (52)

ItalyMsgr. Paolo Luca Braida (57)Msgr. Paolo Luca Braida (57)

EnglandMsgr. Philip James Whitmore (58)Msgr. Philip James Whitmore (58)

GermanyMsgr. Winfried König (84)Msgr. Winfried König (84)

Chancellor of Apostolic Camera

ItalyDr. Antonio Di Iorio

Vicar General for the Vicariate of Rome of Roma

ItalyArchbishop Angelo De Donatis (63)Archbishop Angelo De Donatis (63)

Archpriest of Papal Basilica of St. Peter

ItalyCardinal Angelo Comastri (73)Cardinal Angelo Comastri (73)

Cardinal Dean of College of Cardinals

ItalyCardinal Angelo Sodano (89)Cardinal Angelo Sodano (89)

Protopriest of College of Cardinals

ThailandCardinal Michael Michai Kitbunchu (88)Cardinal Michael Michai Kitbunchu (88)

Protodeacon of College of Cardinals

ItalyCardinal Renato Raffaele Martino (84)Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino (84)

Prefect of Prefecture of the Papal Household

GermanyArchbishop Georg Gänswein (60)Archbishop Georg Gänswein (60)

Offices with Special Duties in the Conclave

OfficePrelate
Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of Apostolic Camera

FranceCardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (74)Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran (74)

Vice-Chamberlain of the Holy Roman Church of Apostolic Camera

ItalyArchbishop Giampiero Gloder (59)Archbishop Giampiero Gloder (59)

Cardinal Electors
Cardinal Non-Electors
Senior Cardinal-Bishop of Cardinal Electors
Senior Cardinal-Priest of Cardinal Electors

Bosnia and HerzegovinaCardinal Vinko Puljić (71)Cardinal Vinko Puljić (71)

Senior Cardinal-Deacon of Cardinal Electors

ArgentinaCardinal Leonardo Sandri (73)Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (73)

Junior Cardinal-Deacon of Cardinal Electors

USACardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell (69)Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell (69)

Secretary of College of Cardinals

BrazilArchbishop Ilson de Jesus Montanari (57)Archbishop Ilson de Jesus Montanari (57)

Master of Papal Liturgical Celebrations

ItalyMsgr. Guido Marini (52)Msgr. Guido Marini (52)

Assistant Masters of Ceremonies of Liturgical Celebrations

SlovakiaMsgr. Ján Dubina (37)Msgr. Ján Dubina (37)

ItalyMsgr. Vincenzo Peroni (48)Msgr. Vincenzo Peroni (48)

ItalyMsgr. Massimiliano Matteo Boiardi, F.S.C.B.Msgr. Massimiliano Matteo Boiardi, F.S.C.B.

IrelandMsgr. Kevin Gillespie (44)Msgr. Kevin Gillespie (44)

USAMsgr. John Richard Cihak (47)Msgr. John Richard Cihak (47)

ItalyMsgr. Marco Agostini (54)Msgr. Marco Agostini (54)

ItalyMsgr. Diego Giovanni RavelliMsgr. Diego Giovanni Ravelli

ItalyMsgr. Pier Enrico Stefanetti (65)Msgr. Pier Enrico Stefanetti (65)

Auditor General of Apostolic Camera

ItalyBishop Giuseppe Sciacca (62)Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca (62)

Protonotaries Apostolic de numero of Papal Household

ItalyMsgr. Franco Piva (79)Msgr. Franco Piva (79)

ItalyMsgr. Leonardo Sapienza, R.C.I. (64)Msgr. Leonardo Sapienza, R.C.I. (64)

ItalyMsgr. Francesco Di Felice (82)Msgr. Francesco Di Felice (82)

EnglandMsgr. Bryan Chestle (83)Msgr. Bryan Chestle (83)

ItalyMsgr. Renzo Civili (90)Msgr. Renzo Civili (90)

ItalyMsgr. Leonardo Erriquenz (85)Msgr. Leonardo Erriquenz (85)

ItalyMsgr. Marcello Rossetti (85)Msgr. Marcello Rossetti (85)

Prelate Auditors of Roman Rota

ItalyMsgr. Francesco Viscome (49)Msgr. Francesco Viscome (49)

SlovakiaFr. Miroslav Koštanc Adam, O.P. (53)Fr. Miroslav Koštanc Adam, O.P. (53)

MexicoFr. José Fernando Mejía Yáñez, M.G. (62)Fr. José Fernando Mejía Yáñez, M.G. (62)

ItalyMsgr. Pietro Milite (46)Msgr. Pietro Milite (46)

ItalyMsgr. Antonio Bartolacci (55)Msgr. Antonio Bartolacci (55)

PortugalMsgr. Manuel Saturino da Costa Gomes, S.C.I. (64)Msgr. Manuel Saturino da Costa Gomes, S.C.I. (64)

ArgentinaMsgr. Alejandro W. Bunge (65)Msgr. Alejandro W. Bunge (65)

ItalyMsgr. Pietro Amenta (54)Msgr. Pietro Amenta (54)

ItalyMsgr. Davide Salvatori (45)Msgr. Davide Salvatori (45)

SpainMsgr. Felipe Heredia Esteban (56)Msgr. Felipe Heredia Esteban (56)

ItalyMsgr. Vito Angelo Todisco (60)Msgr. Vito Angelo Todisco (60)

IsraelMsgr. David-Maria A. Jaeger, O.F.M. (62)Msgr. David-Maria A. Jaeger, O.F.M. (62)

SpainMsgr. Alejandro Arellano Cedillo (55)Msgr. Alejandro Arellano Cedillo (55)

IndiaMsgr. Michael Xavier Leo Arokiaraj (59)Msgr. Michael Xavier Leo Arokiaraj (59)

LebanonMsgr. Abdou Yaacoub (70)Msgr. Abdou Yaacoub (70)

ScotlandMsgr. Gerard McKay (68)Msgr. Gerard McKay (68)

BrazilMsgr. Jair Ferreira Pena (61)Msgr. Jair Ferreira Pena (61)

PolandMsgr. Grzegorz Erlebach (62)Msgr. Grzegorz Erlebach (62)

ItalyMsgr. Giordano Caberletti (69)Msgr. Giordano Caberletti (69)

USAMsgr. Robert Michael Sable (69)Msgr. Robert Michael Sable (69)

Cleric Prelates of Apostolic Camera

ItalyMsgr. Assunto Scotti (62)Msgr. Assunto Scotti (62)

ItalyMsgr. Antonio Lazzaro (61)Msgr. Antonio Lazzaro (61)

ItalyMsgr. Lucio Bonora (65)Msgr. Lucio Bonora (65)

PolandMsgr. Krzysztof Józef Nykiel (52)Msgr. Krzysztof Józef Nykiel (52)

ItalyMsgr. Paolo Luca Braida (57)Msgr. Paolo Luca Braida (57)

EnglandMsgr. Philip James Whitmore (58)Msgr. Philip James Whitmore (58)

GermanyMsgr. Winfried König (84)Msgr. Winfried König (84)

Cardinal Dean of College of Cardinals

ItalyCardinal Angelo Sodano (89)Cardinal Angelo Sodano (89)

Protodeacon of College of Cardinals

ItalyCardinal Renato Raffaele Martino (84)Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino (84)

Substitute for General Affairs of Secretariat of State

ItalyArchbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu (68)Archbishop Giovanni Angelo Becciu (68)

Secretary for Relations with States of Secretariat of State

EnglandArchbishop Paul Richard Gallagher (63)Archbishop Paul Richard Gallagher (63)

Prefect of Prefecture of the Papal Household

GermanyArchbishop Georg Gänswein (60)Archbishop Georg Gänswein (60)

as of 2017.05.27

See Also

Cardinal Electors and Non-Electors

Cardinals by Liturgical Precedence

Documents on Conclave

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