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Pope Francis Encourages New Swiss Guard Recruits ‘To Grow as Christians’

Courtesy photoPope Francis with new Swiss Guard recruits in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall on May 6, 2022.

The Pope spoke to the recruits on the anniversary of the Sack of Rome, a battle in 1527 in which 147 Swiss Guards died defending Pope Clement VII from mutinous troops of the Holy Roman Empire.