Valentina di Giorgio
(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 03.09.2022).- On Saturday, September 3, Pope Francis authorized the renovation of the barracks of his army, which is located on the border between Italy and the Vatican.
In keeping with protocol, an Agreement was signed in May of 2022 between the Holy See and the Swiss Foundation, which will collect the funds for the renovation, a project valued at US$46 million.
The present barracks dates back to 1825. Given the increase in recruits, which has gone form 110 to 135 soldiers, the present barracks is no longer adequate. With the Pope’s authorization, the project can now go forward with the established rules of the game.
At present, US$37.5million have already been promised by private and public donors. The Swiss government has committed US$5 million to the renovation, which will begin at the end of the 2025 Ordinary Jubilee, which will be held in Rome.