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Swiss Guard flag oath of allegiance

Rome Reports-May 9, 2022-Reading time: < 1 minute
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36 new recruits of the Pontifical Swiss Guard have joined the pontifical corps. The swearing-in ceremony takes place every May 6, to commemorate the 147 Swiss mercenaries who gave their lives defending Pope Clement VII during the sack of Rome in 1527.

In this ceremony, each new recruit places his left hand on the flag of the Swiss Guard and raises his right hand, extending three fingers symbolizing the Holy Trinity, before taking the oath.

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