An unfilled ecclesiastical position or office. The Holy See is said to be vacant at the death or resignation of the Pope. The college of cardinals summons the conclave to elect a new pope. They have no papal jurisdiction, nor can they perform papal acts. When the death, resignation, translation, or deposition of a bishop creates a vacancy, the government devolves upon the chapter of canons, who within eight days must appoint a vicar capitular. If there is no chapter, the bishop himself appoints an administrator before the vacancy occurs, or the suffragan appoints an administrator afterwards until a new appointment is made.