Swiss Guards postpone swearing-in of new recruits due to coronavirus

Swiss Guards at the commemoration of the fallen with conferment in the Protomartyrs' Square in Vatican City, May 6, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA

The annual swearing-in of new Swiss Guards, which would usually take place May 6, was moved to Oct. 4 because of the coronavirus, reported the Catholic News Agency.

Instead, the Pontifical Swiss Guards marked Wednesday’s anniversary of the Sack of Rome with private, more muted celebrations, lacking the presence of guests and streamed over the internet.

The Swiss Guards marked the 493rd anniversary of the May 6, 1527 battle with Mass in the church of Santa Maria of the Pieta in the Teutonic College, followed by the “laying of the wreath,” in the Square of the Roman Protomartyrs in Vatican City.

Afterward, the commander of the Swiss Guards conferred papal honorifics on 15 guards.