Francis Raises Vatican’s Military Spendings

The Vatican has enacted a reform of the 122-men Swiss Guard on December 6 which provided for the promotion of 18 new cadres: 3 lieutenants, 3 sergeants, 4 corporals and 8 deputies.

In addition, from 2021 the number of simple soldiers will be increased from 110 to 135 men. The Guard, which exists since the 16th century, is in charge of protecting the Pope and the Apostolic Palace.

There were also plans to construct new barracks. Francis agreed only on the condition that the Guard would raise the €50 million necessary for the project on its own, yet a fund-raiser in Switzerland generated “only” 5 million.

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All answerable to him. Remember that the next time the fat guy with the fern in the background starts running his yap about deposing Pope Francis by force. Never gonna happen.