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Children Get Ready to Become Young 'Swiss Guards' to Welcome Pope to WYD

Last edited 28th July 2011

The Swiss Guard is the Pope's defense corps. One hundred and ten of them guard his residence and stand tall during the Vatican's main ceremonies. This will be a bit different for World Youth Day. When Benedict XVI visits Spain in August, security will increase and the Pope will have a very special defense team. The group is called the Young Swiss Guard. About 60 children, dressed in the unique and traditional uniform are hoping they'll make the Pope feels welcome.

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