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Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

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Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

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Meet one of the new Swiss Guards!


Every year, on the first week on May the world media turns to the smallest army in the world, as new recruits take their oath. 

This year, the Swiss Guard has 32 new soldiers.  Among them is 22 year old Zuffrey Cyrille. 

Swiss Guard Recruit 
"I'm nervous, but also very excited because my entire family is here in Rome.”

He says a total of 45 relatives and friends made the trip to Rome all the way from the Swiss town of Sierre. He is the very first guard, he says, from that small town. 

Families of these new recruits have been pouring into the Eternal City. In fact, Pope Francis greeted some of the higher ups and their families in events leading up to the official oath on May 6th. 

Swiss Guard Recruit 
"It's very important for me to promise to protect Pope Francis. It's at the heart of what the Swiss Guard does. He's great, very nice and very humble.” 

He's a typical young man in his early twenties. He likes to ski, play tennis and go hiking out in the Swiss mountains. His family, is proud of this new stage in his life. 

Swiss Guard Recruit 
"My family is really happy for me, but also sad to see me leave Switzerland for some time. But my mom tells me, she's very proud of me.” 

He says it's a dream come true. A dream that started as a little boy when he saw a movie showing Swiss Guards and Rome.