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Thursday, May 5, 2011


VATICAN CITY, 5 MAY 2011 (VIS) - Tomorrow, Friday 6 May, at 5:00pm in the San Damaso Courtyard of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, thirty-four new recruits will be sworn in as members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard in the presence of members of the Roman Curia, diplomatic representatives, and civil and religious authorities from Switzerland.

  The day will start at 7:30am with Mass for the Swiss Guards, their families and friends celebrated by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone in St. Peter's Basilica. At 9:00am, Daniel Rudolf Anrig, commander of the Swiss Guard, will place a laurel wreath at the monument in the courtyard of the Swiss Guard barracks commemorating the 147 members of the corps who lost their lives protecting Pope Clement VII from the onslaught of the troops of Emperor Charles V during the Sack of Rome on 6 May 1527, the reason for the swearing-in ceremony being celebrated every year on this date. Archbishop Fernando Filoni, substitute for General Affairs of the Secretariat of State, will then confer military decorations on certain members of the Guard.

  Participating as guest of honor this year, a delegation of the council of the Canton of Fribourg, including its president, Erwin Jutzet, will be present. The Swiss Confederation will  be represented by the Swiss Ambassador to the Holy See, Francois Kammer.
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