EWTN Catholic Q&A
Question from Jeannine Watson on 04-04-2005:

Are the palbearers for pope John Paul the 11 priests? And can you disclose their names? And how are they elected?

I am writng an essay about the pope and would like to add that to my essay.

And also do you accept poetry written for our dear Pope... Sincerely,

Jeannine Watson

Answer by Matthew Bunson on 04-08-2005:

The pallbearers were members of the so-called Gentlemen of His Holiness, members of the Italian nobility and respected laymen in the Church who had served previously as ushers at papal events.