Why do the Vatican Papal Guards have to be Swiss?
I saw in my local newspaper today that in order to become a security guard at the Vatican, you have to be Swiss. Why is that? Is it because of Switzerland's neutrality?
- imacatholic2Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Swiss Guard celebrated their 500th anniversary of protecting the pope in 2006.
In 1506, Pope Julius II invited the Helvetian (Swiss) soldiers to Rome because they were renowned for their courage, noble sentiments and loyalty. Here is a history of the Vatican Swiss Guard: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/swiss_guard/swis...
For more information, see: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/swiss_guard/inde...
With love in Christ.
- LeahLv 44 years ago
It is actually the Swiss Guard. These were mercenaries but exceptionally disciplined and unfailingly loyal to their employers. And these employers included royal courts, palaces, etc. AND the Vatican. The Papal Swiss Guard was actually formed in 1506. And it is the only Swiss Guard left today. Being mercenary - and exceptionally loyal to their employer - they were perfect. Otherwise, lacking any form or army or security force, the papacy would have had to rely on another government to provide for security. And those security people would have been really serving that government. But by using mercenaries (they were "Swiss" but not part of the Swiss government) then the papacy controlled the guard but also was foremost in their loyalty.
- Authentic PochoLv 51 decade ago
Because of a tradition that goes back to the middle ages when it was Swiss mercenaries that served as the Pope's bodyguards.
- 1 decade ago
Check out this site...it tell all about the Vatican guards.
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- Paulette ALv 41 decade ago
Yes, I would imagine it's Switzerland's neutrality. Gotta love 'em!