Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Swiss Guard Day @ the Vatican

Mons. Fernando Filoni, right, and another prelate help dress a Vatican Swiss Guard during a celebration of the 1527 Sack of Rome, in the courtyard of the headquarters of the Swiss Guards, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. On Wednesday afternoon, the Swiss Guards will swear in 32 new recruits. The ceremony is held each May 6 to commemorate the 147 Swiss Guards who died protecting Pope Clement VII during the 1527 Sack of Rome carried out by the mutinous troops of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor.(AP Photo/Danilo Schiavella, pool)

Pope Benedict XVI, center, walks with Archbishop James Harvey, of the US, prefect of the Papal Household as a Vatican Swiss Guard stands guard in the foreground, during the pontiff's weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 6, 2009. The Vatican's Swiss Guards will swear in 32 new recruits later Wednesday amid suggestions from their new commander that women might one day join their ranks. Col. Daniel Anrig said Tuesday he was open to the idea of women serving in the elite, 500-year-old papal security force, reversing the long-held position of his predecessors. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

See a slideshow of photos here.

Read about the possible introduction of female guards here.

Official duties of the Guard can be found at the Vatican website here.

Hat Tip: Orbis Catholicvs

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