It is rare to see a melding together of tradition and modernity as it is realized in the Swiss Guards. Our core mission is traditional: since 1506 we protect the pope and his residence. Our mission has not changed in over 500 years. What has changed are the methods and strategies we employ to fulfill that mission, the guards that respond to this call and the environment in which we must accomplish our mission.
Clothed in the traditional renaissance uniform is actually a state-of-the-art trained Swiss security professional. Just like the Swiss mercenaries of the 16th century, he is convinced that Christ’s Church and his Vicar on Earth deserve, no demand, because of what they are to be defended - “if called for, even by giving one’s own life for him.” These young men – then as now also share a certain appetite for adventure: living in an international environment, experiencing the camaraderie, becoming acquainted with the latest developments and practices in personal security, experiencing one’s faith more profoundly, a new language, “Bella Italia,” … In this Mediterranean climate it is not only sweet fruit that ripens but also faith, conviction, proficiency, friendship and joy of life.
May this website provide ample information and insight to the many friends and benefactors of the Pontifical Swiss Guard. May it also be a small token of gratitude for the many prayers, sympathies and gifts we receive from around the world. I invite you to join us the service to the Holy Father and the Church – wherever God has placed you in life. And I specifically encourage the young Swiss readers to consider applying for service in the Swiss Guards.
Enjoy “surging” around our site!
Commander, Daniel Anrig