Photo Story: Swiss Guard swearing-in ceremony at Vatican

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Papal Swiss Guards during the swearing-in ceremony at the San Damaso Courtyard in Vatican City, on Sunday 04 October 2020.

The ceremony commemorates the 147 Swiss Guards who died defending Pope Clement VII in 1527 during the Sacking of Rome.

The swearing-in ceremony for new Swiss Guards usually takes place on and around 06 May but was postponed this year due to the coronavirus restrictions in Italy.

Papal Swiss Guards stand at attention during the swearing-in ceremony at the San Damaso Courtyard in Vatican City.
Papal Swiss Guards take the oath during the swearing-in ceremony at the San Damaso Courtyard in Vatican City on Sunday.
Philippe Morard (L), Vice-Commander of Papal Swiss Guards, and Christoph Graf (R), Commander of Papal Swiss Guards, attend the swearing-in ceremony at the San Damaso Courtyard in Vatican City, 04 October 2020.

Via EPA-EFE/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI

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