Swiss Guards sworn in

Today is the annual swearing in of the new Swiss Guards. Some 35 took their vows today in the Paul VI Audience Hall at the Vatican. The ceremony was moved inside because of rain. Normally it takes place in the Cortile San Damaso, right under the Papal Apartments in the Apostolic Palace, where the Pope could actually hear the new recruits, since they pretty much scream out their vow/oath of loyalty to protect the person of the Roman Pontiff. But then again, Pope Francis doesn’t live in the Palace, but has opted to stay at Martha’s House, the Vatican’s answer to a Motel 6.

On Friday and Saturday, the Pope had members of the Swiss Guard as his guests at his daily Mass.

Here is a video showing how the swearing in takes place. U have had the distinct honor of having been invited to be present for this ceremony on two separate occasions.

http://www.romereports.com/palio/new-swiss-guard-recruits-sworn-in-at-the-vatican-english-9959.html#.UYfvF0pO4-M

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