Send the Swiss Guard into Georgetown, Notre Dame!

The Pontifical Swiss Guard dates back to 1506, and new members can serve between 2 and 25 years defending the Vatican.

Recruits must be single male Swiss citizens, between the age of 19 and 30, who are practicing Catholics with a “good ethical moral background.” They must also have a professional degree or high school diploma and have attended a military college in Switzerland. The minimum height requirement is 174 centimeters or 5 feet, 7 inches.

“It is heartening to see that young men choose to consecrate a number of years of their lives to helping Peter’s Successor and his collaborators,” Pope Benedict told them.

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Pope Benedict also identified the characteristics which “distinguish each member of the corps” as “steadfastness in the Catholic faith, loyalty and love towards the Church of Jesus Christ, diligence and perseverance in the small and large daily tasks, courage and humility, selflessness and availability.”

When you understand all three levels of vocation and the place each one holds in the hierarchy of importance, it becomes much easier to order your life and your priorities.

The term “vocation” means much more than the standard dictionary definition of “a career path or line of work.” It is more of a “calling” than a “job.” According to John Paul II, your vocation answers the question, “Why am I alive?” Moreover, he believed, only when you’re living out your vocation can you find fulfillment in this life. Your vocation, understood, embraced, and lived, is what makes you feel truly and fully alive.

There are three different levels of vocations.

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“Fruit of the Year Award” inspired by Vatican

A variety of pear named after the trousers worn by the Swiss Guard at the Vatican has been named Fruit of the Year.

The so-called Swiss Trouser Pear is so named for its distinctive yellow, green and red coloring.

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