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More than thirty new recruits for the Swiss Guard

The traditional swearing-in ceremony for the new recruits of the Pontifical Swiss Guard will be held on May 6, in compliance with health restrictions.

David Fernández Alonso-April 13, 2021-Reading time: < 1 minute
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Due to the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic, and in agreement with the superiors of the Swiss Guard, the traditional act of solemn oath of the Pontifical Swiss Guard will be held without external public and in accordance with the protection norms in force.

Therefore, 34 Guardsmen will take their solemn oath, according to tradition, on May 6, 2021 before their parents and siblings. In addition to them, representatives of the Swiss Confederation and the Swiss Army, the Swiss Episcopal Conference and the Foundations of the Pontifical Swiss Guard will also be present.



new Swiss Guardsmen will be sworn in on May 6.

As communicated by the press representative of the Swiss Guard Corps, external guests will not be able to attend. On the other hand, the Holy Mass in the morning and the Oath of Allegiance in the afternoon will be broadcast live.

On Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 7:30 a.m., Holy Mass will begin with the Guards taking the Oath in St. Peter's Basilica. At 5:00 p.m., the Oath Ceremony will take place in the Cortile San Damaso, which in case of bad weather will be moved to the Paul VI Hall.

A more detailed announcement will be provided at a later date, with information on which guards will be sworn in and how the ceremony can be followed.

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