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Pope Francis Dismisses Chief Of Swiss Guard

The Huffington Post | Carol Kuruvilla | Posted 12.04.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis is dismissing the commander of his Swiss Guard, Daniel Anrig. The Vatican quietly announced the move in a short paragraph buried in it...

Sitting Down To Dinner With Pope Francis

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 10.27.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) They say you can feast like a king, and now you can eat like a pope after a young chef from the Vatican’s Swiss Guards published ...

A Former Swiss Guard Reflects On Canonizations And Saints

Andreas Widmer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Andreas Widmer

As a young man serving in the Swiss Guard, I remember dreading the long events connected to beatifications and canonizations. A canonization Mass would easily run two and a half hours, which meant that we were on duty in St. Peter's Square for over 5 hours.

LOOK: The Pope's Guard: Not All Feathered Helmets And Stripes

AP | By The Associated Press | Posted 04.30.2013 | World

Being a Swiss Guard is not all feathered helmets and puffy striped uniforms. To even apply, you must be Catholic, male, Swiss and betwe...

New Swiss Guards Swear To Give Up Lives To Protect Pope

AP | Posted 05.07.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Twenty-six Swiss men have joined the oldest standing army in the world, swearing to give up their lives to protect the pope as the Vat...

Swiss Guard May Allow Women After 500-Year Ban

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

After more than five centuries protecting popes, the Swiss Guard may consider opening the ranks of the world's smallest army to women, its commander s...

Shepherd One, Popemobile And State Department Keep Pope Benedict Traveling In Style

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Pope Benedict landed at Andrews Air Force Base this afternoon to being his United States tour. Breaking with tradition, President Bush traveled to th...