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Swiss Guard celebrates 507 years at the Vatican

2013-01-23

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"Today in particular, we celebrate the establishment of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, which took place on January 22, 1506.” 

To honor this anniversary, the Swiss Guard celebrated with a Mass, led by the Pope's master of ceremonies. There was also a military parade, that mirrored the very moment when the first guards made their way to the Vatican. 

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"In that time, the Swiss were mercenaries, well known for their service, which they carried out with loyalty and courage. Even today, we seek to perform our service the best way we can.” 

The loyalty they have shown has carried over to each of the Popes they have served. Their distinctive uniform displays the joys of being a soldier, readiness for combat and their service to the Successor of Peter. The color red also symbolizes blood, a metaphor for their devotion and willingness to sacrifice their lives for the Pope. 


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