Friday, May 06, 2005

Pope Benedict and His Swiss Guards

Pope Benedict XVI is presented the flag of the Vatican's Swiss Guards in Clementina Hall, at the Vatican City, Friday, May 6, 2005. Pope Benedict XVI greeted 31 new members of the Swiss Guard, the elite corps that has helped protect pontiffs for centuries. During the later ceremony in the Vatican courtyard, the recruits raised three fingers in the Trinitarian salute and shouted their allegiance to the pontiff in German, French and Italian. The swearing-in ceremony is held each year on May 6 — the anniversary of the day in 1527 when 147 Swiss Guards died while protecting Pope Clement VII during the sacking of Rome. The guards — outfitted in their trademark halberds, crimson-plumed helmets and gold and blue uniforms — provide ceremonial guard duty, assist at Vatican functions and help protect the pope. Some are armed with guns! The vaticanisti approves of their flamboyant fashion. We wish we were Swiss Guards.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Halberds should definately make a come back

10:35 AM  
Blogger vaticanisti said...

Yes, the vaticanisti smiles when we fondly ruminate over the lovely halberds. Just fleetingly daydreaming of such weapons protecting the supreme pontiff imbues with the charitable love of Christ.

11:39 AM  
Blogger Rambocatholic said...

Amen to that, brother. Christ said something about dying by the sword, but he never mentioned a good ol' handy halberd.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No halberds!--go with hidden MP-3s by H&K.

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really admire the Swiss Guards and wonder what kinds of modern weapons they have for emergencies

Is a MP-3 a pistol or a machine gun?

12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone have any pictures of them during World War II? Specifically their combat uniforms? I heard they were grey but i don't know anything else about them. Could someone post some pics or illustrations?

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swiss guards typically carry sidearms under thier costumes. Allegedly they carried beretta's at one point, but not sure what they have now.

2:04 PM  

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