This photo slideshow is a backgrounder that just about any media outlet with a website could use at the time of the death of a pope to explain the arcane process of papal transition. Photos courtesy of Catholic News Service. Content adapted from information provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Note: This presentation, produced in the fall of 2012, only acknowledges in passing the possibility of a papal transition sparked by the resignation of a pope. This unprecedented-in-modern-times occurrence would become reality the following February.