Twenty-three new Swiss guards were sworn in the San Damaso courtyard of the Apostolic Palace on the afternoon of May 6, 2019. Pope Francis met the new recruits on May 4th, congratulating them for their “valuable and generous service.”
Four national languages were used this year for the swearing in of the 23 new guards, of whom five are French-speaking.
In 2019, the best represented Swiss cantons in the Guard are: Fribourg with 14 guards, Valais with 14 guards, and Aargau with 10 guards. There are seven guards from Ticino, three of whom were sworn in this day.
The ceremony began at 7:30 a.m. with Mass celebrated at the altar of the Chair of St. Peter by the Cardinal Vicar, Bishop Angelo Comastri, for the intentions of the new guards. The oaths took place in the San Damaso courtyard at 5 p.m., in the presence of the Prefect of the Papal Household, Archbishop Georg Gänswein.