2015-02-07 15:27:00

Pope Francis appoints Lt. Col. Christoph Graf new Swiss Guard commander

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has appointed  Lieutenant Colonel Christoph Graf as the new commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Graf joined the military unit in 1987.  He replaces Colonel Daniel Anrig, who retired last month, and had been commander since 2008. For over 500 years, the 110-man unit has been responsible for the safety of the Pope, including the security of the Apostolic Palace.

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