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What does the Swiss Guard do during the Sede Vacante?

2013-03-06

DANIEL ANRIG
Swiss Guard Commander

"During the Sede Vacante, the most important thing is to be available to the chamberlain and to the College of Cardinals and to discreetly help them and the Church of course, with whatever they may need.”

Commander Daniel Anrig has led the team since August 19th, 2008, when Benedict XVI appointed him head of the Swiss Guard. He was also appointed as a lay member of the Papal household.

DANIEL ANRIG
Swiss Guard Commander

 "It has been a privilege to serve as commander of the Swiss Guard. I was able to meet with the Holy Father on many occasions and was surprised by his friendliness. I was impressed by his humility.  It's something I will remember forever.”

Even though the Swiss Guard lives at the Vatican,  they too had no idea about Benedict XVI's resignation.


DANIEL ANRIG
Swiss Guard Commander

"Some guards were on duty, some were not, but without a doubt, ever Swiss Guard was struck by the news, just like any other Catholic. Except it was of course different because we live inside the Vatican. It was an intense moment in which we knew we had to support the Pope.”

As a member of the papal household, Anrig was present during the sealing of the Pope's apartment. He was there, along with Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who is now at the helm of the Church and the Vatican, during this transition period.

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