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Pope welcomes new members of Swiss Guard

Catholic World News - 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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