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    Posted May 8, 2013 by
    Rome, Vatican City State
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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     German pastor OliverSittel captured these wonderful images of the annual swearing in of newly trained Swiss Guards at the Vatican City Monday. The Guards, who have all had some form of official military training, are the official bodyguard for the Pope -- and have been since the early 16th century. "They all get five weeks training, which involves language courses, self defense, marching, handling the halberd [their distinctive, and lethal, two handed axe weapon], shooting and knowledge about the Vatican," he said. On the day, after prayers and a wreath-laying ceremony, Pope Francis met with the parents of the guards before the main swearing in ceremony.
    - sarahbrowngb, CNN iReport producer

    The Pontifical Swiss Guards receive new members. 35 guards were sworn-in on may 6th 2013.

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