pontifical swiss guard
Captain Commandant: Colonel Christoph Graf
Lieutenant: Lt. Colonel Loïc Marc Rossier

The Pontifical Swiss Guard were founded by Pope Julius II in 1506. It is a military body made up of Swiss citizens, whose main task is to constantly monitor the safety of the Person of the Supreme Pontiff and of his residence. They accompany him on Apostolic journeys, guard the accesses to the Vatican City State; protect the College of Cardinals during the Vacancy of the Apostolic See and perform other services of order and honor. The Pontifical Swiss Guard reports directly to the Supreme Pontiff, who exercises this power through the Cardinal Secretary of State.