Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation opens the door to an array of possible successors, with no clear frontrunner. The Vatican expects a new Pope to be elected before the end of March. Graphic show possible papal candidates.
The conclave to elect Pope Benedict XVI’s successor will take place under electoral law — Universi Dominici Gregis — introduced by John Paul II in 1996 and modified by Benedict in 2007. Graphic shows steps in electing the next pope.