Pope Francis fires head of the Swiss Guard: ‘I give the orders around here’

Alessandra Tarantino / The Associated Press Pope Francis greets a Vatican Swiss Guard in October – breaking years of protocol which demanded that pontiffs should be aloof in their dealings with Swiss Guardsmen.
He has dismissed and demoted cardinals, bishops and the Vatican secretary of state, and now Pope Francis’s reformist zeal has claimed a new scalp – the head of his own private army, the Swiss Guard.

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In a dispassionate one-sentence notice, the Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, announced Wednesday that Col. Daniel Anrig will no longer serve as the commandant of the 500-year-old corps after the end of next month.

No official explanation was given for the decision, but it was widely rumoured that the Argentine Pope, who has established a warmer, more inclusive style of governance since being appointed pontiff in March last year, found the commander’s manner overly strict and „Teutonic.“

The 77-year-old Pope is said to have been appalled recently to have emerged one morning from his private suite of rooms to find that a Swiss Guard had been standing outside all night.

„Sit down,“ he told the young guardsman, to which the soldier said: „I can’t, it’s against orders.“

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