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Pope welcomes new members of Swiss Guard

May 06, 2013

Speaking to 35 new members of the Swiss Guards, Pope Francis encouraged them to live “the time you spend in the 'Eternal City' in a spirit of genuine brotherhood, helping one another to live a good Christian life.”

The Swiss Guards traditionally enroll new members on May 6, the date when 147 members of the force died in a successful defense of the Pope during the sack of Rome in 1527. Speaking to the new recruits and their families before their swearing-in ceremony, the Pope said: “Today you are not called to this heroic gesture but to another form of sacrifice, which is also challenging: to put your youthful energies at the service of the Church and the Pope.” He encouraged them to carry out their new responsibilities with joy and courtesy.


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