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Trained Swiss Guards Pledge to sacrifice their lives to protect the Pope

With their left hands clutching a standard and their right hands raised with three fingers open symbolising the Holy Trinity, 23 new Swiss Guard recruits have promised to “faithfully, loyally and honourably” serve and protect the Pope and, if necessary, sacrifice their lives for him.

The pageantry of the annual ceremony did not lessen the solemnity of the occasion that marks the date in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards lost their lives defending Pope Clement VII in the Sack of Rome.

The ceremony in the Vatican’s San Damaso Courtyard is meant to remind new guards of the seriousness of their commitment on the anniversary of their predecessors’ death.

Fr Thomas Widmer, chaplain of the Swiss Guard, read to the new recruits their oath to protect the Pope and the College of Cardinals when the See of St Peter is vacant.

Following the proclamation, each of the new recruits swore to “diligently and faithfully” abide by the oath through the intercession of “God and … his saints.”

Before the ceremony, the new recruits and their families, friends and fellow guards attended a morning Mass presided by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

Cardinal Parolin told them to respond to their first calling as baptised Christians: to bring “the Gospel to men and women and to give witness to the joyful message of true life”.

The sacrifice of the brave 147 soldiers who perished in the Sack of Rome, he added, would not have been possible without “faith in the Lord of life, without faith in the Resurrection.”

“Sustained by this faith in the risen Jesus and strengthened by the joyful experience that the Lord gives life in its fullness, I invite you dear guards, to have the courage to be witnesses in today’s world despite the difficulties,” the cardinal said.

 









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