Vatican City, Jan 7, 2021 / 01:00 pm (CNA).- Fifteen new Swiss Guard recruits have arrived in Rome to complete their basic training.

The recruits for the world’s oldest standing army — having already completed required military training in Switzerland — will now spend the next two months at the Vatican preparing for their duty to protect the pope and the Apostolic Palace.

“It is a pleasure for us to be able to welcome 15 new recruits from Switzerland,” Swiss Guard spokesman Sgt. Urs Breitenmoser said in a statement published Jan. 6.

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