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May 06, 2002 
A new recruit of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard Gian Paolo Marini (R)
is sworn in inside the Vatican... 
Vatican City, Italy 
NEW RECRUIT OF THE VATICAN'S SWISS GUARD IS SWORN IN AT THE VATICAN. 
A new recruit of the Vatican's elite Swiss Guard Gian Paolo Marini (R)
is sworn in inside the Vatican during a a ceremony for 23 new members
of the guard May 6, 2002. The Swiss Guard, founded in 1506, consists of
100 volunteers who must be Swiss, Catholic, single, at least 174
centimetres tall, and beardless. New recruits are sworn in every even
year on May 6, commemorating the date in which 147 Swiss soldiers died
defending the Pope during an attack on Rome on May 6, 1527.
REUTERS/Paolo Cocco

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