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World’s smallest army seeks 25 men to guard the pope. Must be Catholic. Must be Swiss.

The world’s smallest military, on the earth’s smallest state, is rising and on the lookout for a number of good males.

The Swiss Guard, the elite and colorfully dressed drive whose foremost mission is to guard Pope Francis and the 108-acre Vatican Metropolis, at the moment stands at 110 members.

Forward of the 2025 holy yr, when thousands and thousands of pilgrims are anticipated to go to the Vatican, the drive will develop by 25 members to 135 members, a rise of almost 23%.

So as to assist with the recruitment, the Swiss Guard has opened a brand new media workplace and phone level in Switzerland, in accordance with an announcement Thursday.

It would additionally coordinate the work of an present recruitment workplace in Switzerland, foundations associated to the Swiss Guard and former members.

Enrollment is open to single Swiss males between 19-31 years previous who’re working towards Catholics in good well being, with an “impeccable popularity and be a minimum of 5-foot-7 tall, and have accomplished primary coaching within the Swiss military,” in accordance with the guard’s web site.

They will get married after serving for 5 years.

The drive, whose principal mission is to guard the pope, has been solely male since its founding in 1506. However that will change.

Their new barracks within the Vatican, work on which is anticipated to begin in 2026, might be constructed to accommodate feminine members if the pontiff or his successors enable them to hitch, officers have mentioned.

Francis, 85, has named girls to plenty of senior posts and administration positions within the Vatican administration and, in March, he launched a landmark new structure that can enable any baptized lay Catholic, together with girls, to move most Vatican departments.

A Swiss basis has already raised greater than 37 million Swiss francs ($37.6 million) of the estimated 45 million Swiss francs ($45.7 million) wanted to exchange the present 150-year-old barracks. 

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