He indicated that during the oath, they will remember the painful and at the same time famous “Sack of Rome,” in which the Swiss Guards distinguished themselves in courageous and indomitable defense of the Pope, to the point of sacrificing their lives.
“Today, you are not called to this heroic offer of physical life, but to another no less arduous sacrifice: to serve the power of faith,” the Pope said. “This is a valid barrier for resisting the various forces and powers of this earth and, above all, he who is ‘the prince of this world,’ the ‘father of lies’ who ‘prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour,’ according to the words of the apostle Peter (1 Peter 5:8).”
Reminding the new recruits they are to be strong and brave and supported by faith in Christ and by His word of salvation, Francis said: Your presence in the Church, your important service in the Vatican, is an opportunity to grow as brave ‘soldiers of Christ.'”
“The pilgrims and tourists who have the chance to meet you,” Francis also pointed out, “are edified by discovering in you, together with the characteristics of composure, precision and professional seriousness, also generous Christian witness and holiness of life.”
“Let this be your first concern,” he said, as he invited them to “support each other to lead an exemplary Christian life, which is motivated and supported by faith.”
He also invited them “in this season of your life” to “walk through Rome in the footsteps of the many saints who have lived in this city. And thus, will your Roman period be even more unforgettable and rich in fruits. ”
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