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New Papal Guard members sworn in

Thirty-four new members of the Swiss Vatican Guard have been sworn in in St Peter’s Square.

New guards enter service every year on May 6 and a mass also takes place in memory of the 147 Swiss Guards who died in 1527 defending Pope Clement VII during the Sack of Rome.

The Swiss Vatican Guard, which is known as the smallest army in the world, comprises 110 men. It reports to the Pope and is financed by the Vatican.

The Vatican City gendarmerie, under the orders of the Vatican, is also responsible for the Pope's security and law and order matters, as are the Italian police outside the Vatican City walls.

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