EWTN Catholic Q&A
Papal Embalming?
Question from Bryan on 04-08-2005:

It has been reported that JPII was not embalmed though it was "prepared" for viewing. If he's not embalmed and the decision is made to exhumed him for some future display... would that even be possible?

Answer by Colin B. Donovan, STL on 04-12-2005:

The only reason he would be exhumed in the future would be if he is proposed for canonization. If he is up for beatification then relics would be taken, and the condition of the body determined. If he happened to be incorrupt then possibly some display would be possibly after beatification, but that would not be the ordinary course of things and the Pope at that time would determine what would be done.