Commemorating the Swiss Guard's Bravery The Bloody Sack of Rome

Pope Benedict XVI swore in the latest recruits to the Swiss Guard on Wednesday, the anniversary of the Sack of Rome. Almost 500 years ago, a German mercenary army went on a rampage in the Eternal City. It was the Swiss Guard's bravery that allowed the pope to escape to safety.
New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard stand at the Vatican on Wednesday.

New recruits of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard stand at the Vatican on Wednesday.

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Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan