Do the Swiss Guards in Vatican City have a function other than a ceremonial role?
- imacatholic2Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Swiss Guard actually are Swiss and do protect the Pope.
The Swiss Guard celebrated their 500th anniversary of protecting the pope in 2006.
Here is the oath of the Swiss Guard:
"I swear I will faithfully, loyally and honourably serve the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II and his legitimate successors, and also dedicate myself to them with all my strength, sacrificing if necessary also my life to defend them. I assume this same commitment with regard to the Sacred College of Cardinals whenever the See is vacant.
Furthermore I promise to the Commanding Captain and my other superiors, respect, fidelity and obedience. This I swear! May God and our Holy Patrons assist me!"
For more information, see: http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/swiss_guard/inde...
With love in Christ.
- Zena IC XC NIKALv 71 decade ago
Yes they Protect the Pope
Here's Some Links
www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/swiss.htm - Cached
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/10971994/from/RSS - 50k - Cached
As pope changes, Swiss Guard stays the same - Nightly
www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7604130 - Cached
Pope's Swiss Guards mark 500-year mission - The Boston Globe
... to mark the half-millennium of the Swiss Guards, who are still in charge... ceremonial guard duty, assist at Vatican functions, and help protect the pope. ...
swissinfo - swiss news and information platform about Switzerland, ... to Rome by Pope Julius II - the warrior Pope - in 1506 to protect him and the Vatican. ...
swissinfo.org/eng/front/detail/... - Cached
- 1 decade ago
The pope has swiss guards, because the Vatican keeps all that money tucked away in swiss bank accounts.
- 1 decade ago
Yes, they are the security personnel of the vatican.
They receive the same formal training as other security personnel all around the world (including training in modern firearms)
The only difference is, that they, in contrast to "normal" security personnel, also have to do ceremonial duties that demand of them to wear medieval armor and weapons.