They are the oldest standing army in the world formed in 1506 by Pope Julius II. They may not look it, but the Swiss guards are lean, mean, protective machines. Their ultimate goal is to be ready to lay down their lives in defense of the Pope.
You are about to hear an intriguing account of 1 of the 130 most revered bodyguards in Italy, who took this oath of the Swiss Guard:
"I swear to faithfully, honestly, and honorably serve the supreme pontiff and his legitimate
successors, and to dedicate myself to them with all my strength, ready to sacrifice, should
it become necessary, even my own life for them
The Swiss Guard...That’s our Focus!