A former Swiss Guard arrives with a halberd at the Palais de Rumine for their bi-annual General Assembly in Lausanne August 31, 2013. The Association of Former Swiss Guards was founded in 1921 and ... more 
A former Swiss Guard arrives with a halberd at the Palais de Rumine for their bi-annual General Assembly in Lausanne August 31, 2013. The Association of Former Swiss Guards was founded in 1921 and currently has around 1000 members that meet up once every two years for a meeting at a Swiss city. The Swiss Guard, which was founded in 1506, consists of 100 volunteers who must be Swiss nationals, Catholic, single, at least 174 cm (5.7 ft) tall and beardless. New recruits are sworn in every year on May 6, commemorating the date on which 147 Swiss soldiers died defending the Pope during an attack on Rome on May 6, 1527. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse (SWITZERLAND - Tags: RELIGION MILITARY SOCIETY) less 
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