“It is with deep sadness that we learn of the news of the death of our emeritus pope, Benedict XVI,” He declared in a message posted on social networks the oldest army in the world, created in 1506 by Pope Julius II and made up of 135 men in total.
“It has been a great honor for all the guards to have been at his service during the eight years that he was at the head of the Catholic Church. Requiem”, added the message.
with his famous uniform of blue, yellow and red stripes and his helmet adorned with feathers, the Swiss guards delight tourists for photos.
To be a member of the Swiss Guard, you mustr Swiss, practicing Roman Catholic, single, between 19 and 30 years old and at least 1.74 m tall.
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The 135 guards pledged to guarantee the pope’s safety for at least 26 months.
They live in a barracks in the Vatican, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco since the 19th century.
Benedict XVI, the first German pope in modern history, took the world by surprise in 2013 by announcing his resignation after eight years of pontificate, something unprecedented in six centuries.
The entrance The Swiss Guard pays tribute to Benedict XVI was first published on newspaper TODAY.