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The Papal Army - Military of Vatican City State

The Pontifical Swiss Guard (1) was founded in 1506 and is currently the only Papal military unit, as well as the only remaining unit of its kind (as a Swiss regiment).
The Guardia Corsa (Corsican Guard) (2) was the oldest regiment, founded in 1378. It was disbanded under pressure of Louis XIV of France after an incident with the French garrison in Rome.
The Guardia Palatina (3) was founded as an infantry regiment by Pope Pius IX in 1850. During World War II German occupation, the Palatine Guard had the duty of protecting Vatican City and the Papal buildings around Rome. The unit was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
The unit of Papal Zouaves (4) was created under Pope Pius IX in the early 1860s.The Zouaves saw action against Garibaldi’s forces during the Italian Risorgimento. The unit was massacred after surrendering in 1870.
The Carabinieri Pontifici (5), later renamed Gendarmeria Pontificia, was created in 1816 after the restoration of the Papal States in the Congress of Vienna. In 1971, under Pope Paul VI, the Papal Gendarmerie ceased to exist as a military force and became a police corps.
The Guardia Nobile (6, 7) was a cavalry regiment and the Pope’s personal guard, formed by volunteers from Roman noble families. It was founded by Pope Pius VII in 1801 and disbanded by Pope Paul VI (yes, again) in 1970.
Source for picture 4: Blog of Fr. José Antonio Fortea (visit for more pictures of Papal Gendarmerie)
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The Papal Army - Military of Vatican City State

The Pontifical Swiss Guard (1) was founded in 1506 and is currently the only Papal military unit, as well as the only remaining unit of its kind (as a Swiss regiment).
The Guardia Corsa (Corsican Guard) (2) was the oldest regiment, founded in 1378. It was disbanded under pressure of Louis XIV of France after an incident with the French garrison in Rome.
The Guardia Palatina (3) was founded as an infantry regiment by Pope Pius IX in 1850. During World War II German occupation, the Palatine Guard had the duty of protecting Vatican City and the Papal buildings around Rome. The unit was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
The unit of Papal Zouaves (4) was created under Pope Pius IX in the early 1860s.The Zouaves saw action against Garibaldi’s forces during the Italian Risorgimento. The unit was massacred after surrendering in 1870.
The Carabinieri Pontifici (5), later renamed Gendarmeria Pontificia, was created in 1816 after the restoration of the Papal States in the Congress of Vienna. In 1971, under Pope Paul VI, the Papal Gendarmerie ceased to exist as a military force and became a police corps.
The Guardia Nobile (6, 7) was a cavalry regiment and the Pope’s personal guard, formed by volunteers from Roman noble families. It was founded by Pope Pius VII in 1801 and disbanded by Pope Paul VI (yes, again) in 1970.
Source for picture 4: Blog of Fr. José Antonio Fortea (visit for more pictures of Papal Gendarmerie)
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The Papal Army - Military of Vatican City State

The Pontifical Swiss Guard (1) was founded in 1506 and is currently the only Papal military unit, as well as the only remaining unit of its kind (as a Swiss regiment).
The Guardia Corsa (Corsican Guard) (2) was the oldest regiment, founded in 1378. It was disbanded under pressure of Louis XIV of France after an incident with the French garrison in Rome.
The Guardia Palatina (3) was founded as an infantry regiment by Pope Pius IX in 1850. During World War II German occupation, the Palatine Guard had the duty of protecting Vatican City and the Papal buildings around Rome. The unit was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
The unit of Papal Zouaves (4) was created under Pope Pius IX in the early 1860s.The Zouaves saw action against Garibaldi’s forces during the Italian Risorgimento. The unit was massacred after surrendering in 1870.
The Carabinieri Pontifici (5), later renamed Gendarmeria Pontificia, was created in 1816 after the restoration of the Papal States in the Congress of Vienna. In 1971, under Pope Paul VI, the Papal Gendarmerie ceased to exist as a military force and became a police corps.
The Guardia Nobile (6, 7) was a cavalry regiment and the Pope’s personal guard, formed by volunteers from Roman noble families. It was founded by Pope Pius VII in 1801 and disbanded by Pope Paul VI (yes, again) in 1970.
Source for picture 4: Blog of Fr. José Antonio Fortea (visit for more pictures of Papal Gendarmerie)
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The Papal Army - Military of Vatican City State

The Pontifical Swiss Guard (1) was founded in 1506 and is currently the only Papal military unit, as well as the only remaining unit of its kind (as a Swiss regiment).
The Guardia Corsa (Corsican Guard) (2) was the oldest regiment, founded in 1378. It was disbanded under pressure of Louis XIV of France after an incident with the French garrison in Rome.
The Guardia Palatina (3) was founded as an infantry regiment by Pope Pius IX in 1850. During World War II German occupation, the Palatine Guard had the duty of protecting Vatican City and the Papal buildings around Rome. The unit was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
The unit of Papal Zouaves (4) was created under Pope Pius IX in the early 1860s.The Zouaves saw action against Garibaldi’s forces during the Italian Risorgimento. The unit was massacred after surrendering in 1870.
The Carabinieri Pontifici (5), later renamed Gendarmeria Pontificia, was created in 1816 after the restoration of the Papal States in the Congress of Vienna. In 1971, under Pope Paul VI, the Papal Gendarmerie ceased to exist as a military force and became a police corps.
The Guardia Nobile (6, 7) was a cavalry regiment and the Pope’s personal guard, formed by volunteers from Roman noble families. It was founded by Pope Pius VII in 1801 and disbanded by Pope Paul VI (yes, again) in 1970.
Source for picture 4: Blog of Fr. José Antonio Fortea (visit for more pictures of Papal Gendarmerie)
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The Papal Army - Military of Vatican City State

The Pontifical Swiss Guard (1) was founded in 1506 and is currently the only Papal military unit, as well as the only remaining unit of its kind (as a Swiss regiment).
The Guardia Corsa (Corsican Guard) (2) was the oldest regiment, founded in 1378. It was disbanded under pressure of Louis XIV of France after an incident with the French garrison in Rome.
The Guardia Palatina (3) was founded as an infantry regiment by Pope Pius IX in 1850. During World War II German occupation, the Palatine Guard had the duty of protecting Vatican City and the Papal buildings around Rome. The unit was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
The unit of Papal Zouaves (4) was created under Pope Pius IX in the early 1860s.The Zouaves saw action against Garibaldi’s forces during the Italian Risorgimento. The unit was massacred after surrendering in 1870.
The Carabinieri Pontifici (5), later renamed Gendarmeria Pontificia, was created in 1816 after the restoration of the Papal States in the Congress of Vienna. In 1971, under Pope Paul VI, the Papal Gendarmerie ceased to exist as a military force and became a police corps.
The Guardia Nobile (6, 7) was a cavalry regiment and the Pope’s personal guard, formed by volunteers from Roman noble families. It was founded by Pope Pius VII in 1801 and disbanded by Pope Paul VI (yes, again) in 1970.
Source for picture 4: Blog of Fr. José Antonio Fortea (visit for more pictures of Papal Gendarmerie)
Source for picture 2: (x)
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The Papal Army - Military of Vatican City State

The Pontifical Swiss Guard (1) was founded in 1506 and is currently the only Papal military unit, as well as the only remaining unit of its kind (as a Swiss regiment).
The Guardia Corsa (Corsican Guard) (2) was the oldest regiment, founded in 1378. It was disbanded under pressure of Louis XIV of France after an incident with the French garrison in Rome.
The Guardia Palatina (3) was founded as an infantry regiment by Pope Pius IX in 1850. During World War II German occupation, the Palatine Guard had the duty of protecting Vatican City and the Papal buildings around Rome. The unit was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
The unit of Papal Zouaves (4) was created under Pope Pius IX in the early 1860s.The Zouaves saw action against Garibaldi’s forces during the Italian Risorgimento. The unit was massacred after surrendering in 1870.
The Carabinieri Pontifici (5), later renamed Gendarmeria Pontificia, was created in 1816 after the restoration of the Papal States in the Congress of Vienna. In 1971, under Pope Paul VI, the Papal Gendarmerie ceased to exist as a military force and became a police corps.
The Guardia Nobile (6, 7) was a cavalry regiment and the Pope’s personal guard, formed by volunteers from Roman noble families. It was founded by Pope Pius VII in 1801 and disbanded by Pope Paul VI (yes, again) in 1970.
Source for picture 4: Blog of Fr. José Antonio Fortea (visit for more pictures of Papal Gendarmerie)
Source for picture 2: (x)
Source for all other pictures (x)
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The Papal Army - Military of Vatican City State

The Pontifical Swiss Guard (1) was founded in 1506 and is currently the only Papal military unit, as well as the only remaining unit of its kind (as a Swiss regiment).
The Guardia Corsa (Corsican Guard) (2) was the oldest regiment, founded in 1378. It was disbanded under pressure of Louis XIV of France after an incident with the French garrison in Rome.
The Guardia Palatina (3) was founded as an infantry regiment by Pope Pius IX in 1850. During World War II German occupation, the Palatine Guard had the duty of protecting Vatican City and the Papal buildings around Rome. The unit was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
The unit of Papal Zouaves (4) was created under Pope Pius IX in the early 1860s.The Zouaves saw action against Garibaldi’s forces during the Italian Risorgimento. The unit was massacred after surrendering in 1870.
The Carabinieri Pontifici (5), later renamed Gendarmeria Pontificia, was created in 1816 after the restoration of the Papal States in the Congress of Vienna. In 1971, under Pope Paul VI, the Papal Gendarmerie ceased to exist as a military force and became a police corps.
The Guardia Nobile (6, 7) was a cavalry regiment and the Pope’s personal guard, formed by volunteers from Roman noble families. It was founded by Pope Pius VII in 1801 and disbanded by Pope Paul VI (yes, again) in 1970.
Source for picture 4: Blog of Fr. José Antonio Fortea (visit for more pictures of Papal Gendarmerie)
Source for picture 2: (x)
Source for all other pictures (x)
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The Papal Army - Military of Vatican City State

The Pontifical Swiss Guard (1) was founded in 1506 and is currently the only Papal military unit, as well as the only remaining unit of its kind (as a Swiss regiment).
The Guardia Corsa (Corsican Guard) (2) was the oldest regiment, founded in 1378. It was disbanded under pressure of Louis XIV of France after an incident with the French garrison in Rome.
The Guardia Palatina (3) was founded as an infantry regiment by Pope Pius IX in 1850. During World War II German occupation, the Palatine Guard had the duty of protecting Vatican City and the Papal buildings around Rome. The unit was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1970.
The unit of Papal Zouaves (4) was created under Pope Pius IX in the early 1860s.The Zouaves saw action against Garibaldi’s forces during the Italian Risorgimento. The unit was massacred after surrendering in 1870.
The Carabinieri Pontifici (5), later renamed Gendarmeria Pontificia, was created in 1816 after the restoration of the Papal States in the Congress of Vienna. In 1971, under Pope Paul VI, the Papal Gendarmerie ceased to exist as a military force and became a police corps.
The Guardia Nobile (6, 7) was a cavalry regiment and the Pope’s personal guard, formed by volunteers from Roman noble families. It was founded by Pope Pius VII in 1801 and disbanded by Pope Paul VI (yes, again) in 1970.
Source for picture 4: Blog of Fr. José Antonio Fortea (visit for more pictures of Papal Gendarmerie)
Source for picture 2: (x)
Source for all other pictures (x)

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The Papal Army - Military of Vatican City State

The Pontifical Swiss Guard (1) was founded in 1506 and is currently the only Papal military unit, as well as the only remaining unit of its kind (as a Swiss regiment).

The Guardia Corsa (Corsican Guard) (2) was the oldest regiment, founded in 1378. It was disbanded under pressure of Louis XIV of France after an incident with the French garrison in Rome.

The Guardia Palatina (3) was founded as an infantry regiment by Pope Pius IX in 1850. During World War II German occupation, the Palatine Guard had the duty of protecting Vatican City and the Papal buildings around Rome. The unit was abolished by Pope Paul VI in 1970.

The unit of Papal Zouaves (4) was created under Pope Pius IX in the early 1860s.The Zouaves saw action against Garibaldi’s forces during the Italian Risorgimento. The unit was massacred after surrendering in 1870.

The Carabinieri Pontifici (5), later renamed Gendarmeria Pontificia, was created in 1816 after the restoration of the Papal States in the Congress of Vienna. In 1971, under Pope Paul VI, the Papal Gendarmerie ceased to exist as a military force and became a police corps.

The Guardia Nobile (6, 7) was a cavalry regiment and the Pope’s personal guard, formed by volunteers from Roman noble families. It was founded by Pope Pius VII in 1801 and disbanded by Pope Paul VI (yes, again) in 1970.

Source for picture 4: Blog of Fr. José Antonio Fortea (visit for more pictures of Papal Gendarmerie)

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A vintage postcard of the high altar of the Chartres cathedral in France, depicting Mary’s Assumption into Heaven.

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A vintage postcard of the high altar of the Chartres cathedral in France, depicting Mary’s Assumption into Heaven.

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Statue of the Archangel Michael Triumphing Over Lucifer - Boston College

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Statue of the Archangel Michael Triumphing Over Lucifer - Boston College

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by-grace-of-god:

Art: Simon Dewey
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Married on a CrucifixFr Michael Mullan, LC
Imagine a world without divorce. Imagine families without separation. Imagine no children or hearts torn apart.
People of one place in this world do not have to imagine.
In the town of Siroki-Brijeg in Herzegovina not one of the 13,000 inhabitants can recall a single divorce or broken family.
What is their secret? One look at their marriage rite says it all.
When the bride and bridegroom go to the church to be married they carry a crucifix with them. The priest blesses the crucifix and exclaims, “You have found your cross! It is a cross to love, to carry with you, a cross that is not thrown off but rather treasured.”
When they interchange the marital vows, the bride puts her right hand on this crucifix and the groom puts his right hand over hers. Both are united to the cross. The priest covers their hands with his stole while they pronounce their promises to love each other in good times and in bad.
Then they both first kiss the cross, not each other. If one abandons the other, they abandon Christ on the cross.
Afterwards, the newly-weds cross the threshold of their home to enthrone that same crucifix in a place of honour. It becomes the reference point of their lives and the place of family prayer.
In times of difficulty and misunderstandings, as all human relationships experience, they do not turn immediately to the lawyer or psychologist, they turn to the cross. They kneel, cry and open up their hearts begging for the strength to pardon and implore the Lord’s help.
The children are taught to reverently kiss the crucifix daily and to thank God for the day before going to bed. These children dream of enthroning one day a crucifix of their own.
The family is indissolubly united to the cross of Christ. Is this simply a morbid outlook on marital and family life? Or is it a piece of wisdom that few in our modern world can understand. Until our world does, it will continue to imagine and long for the unbroken hearth.
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"The Sacrament of marriage comes as do all the sacraments from the wounded side of Christ as He lay ‘asleep’ in death, when Christ was pierced by a sword and blood and water and the Holy Spirit flowed out. At that moment the Church and all the sacraments came from the side of Christ as Eve was taken from the side of Adam. The Church is the Bride of Christ and the Catholic marriage is to be a living example of Christ and His Bride the Church. If the Catholic couple lives in a state of grace and has the sacrament of marriage they receive constant grace from God to love one another with the very LOVE of God. It is the vocation of the spouses to sanctify one another and be open to new life. According to Archbishop Sheen it takes 3 to get married: husband, wife and Christ. Marriage works in Christ.”—my friend Kathleen Ann

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Married on a Crucifix
Fr Michael Mullan, LC

Imagine a world without divorce. Imagine families without separation. Imagine no children or hearts torn apart.

People of one place in this world do not have to imagine.

In the town of Siroki-Brijeg in Herzegovina not one of the 13,000 inhabitants can recall a single divorce or broken family.

What is their secret? One look at their marriage rite says it all.

When the bride and bridegroom go to the church to be married they carry a crucifix with them. The priest blesses the crucifix and exclaims, “You have found your cross! It is a cross to love, to carry with you, a cross that is not thrown off but rather treasured.

When they interchange the marital vows, the bride puts her right hand on this crucifix and the groom puts his right hand over hers. Both are united to the cross. The priest covers their hands with his stole while they pronounce their promises to love each other in good times and in bad.

Then they both first kiss the cross, not each other. If one abandons the other, they abandon Christ on the cross.

Afterwards, the newly-weds cross the threshold of their home to enthrone that same crucifix in a place of honour. It becomes the reference point of their lives and the place of family prayer.

In times of difficulty and misunderstandings, as all human relationships experience, they do not turn immediately to the lawyer or psychologist, they turn to the cross. They kneel, cry and open up their hearts begging for the strength to pardon and implore the Lord’s help.

The children are taught to reverently kiss the crucifix daily and to thank God for the day before going to bed. These children dream of enthroning one day a crucifix of their own.

The family is indissolubly united to the cross of Christ. Is this simply a morbid outlook on marital and family life? Or is it a piece of wisdom that few in our modern world can understand. Until our world does, it will continue to imagine and long for the unbroken hearth.

-=:†:=-

"The Sacrament of marriage comes as do all the sacraments from the wounded side of Christ as He lay ‘asleep’ in death, when Christ was pierced by a sword and blood and water and the Holy Spirit flowed out. At that moment the Church and all the sacraments came from the side of Christ as Eve was taken from the side of Adam. The Church is the Bride of Christ and the Catholic marriage is to be a living example of Christ and His Bride the Church. If the Catholic couple lives in a state of grace and has the sacrament of marriage they receive constant grace from God to love one another with the very LOVE of God. It is the vocation of the spouses to sanctify one another and be open to new life. According to Archbishop Sheen it takes 3 to get married: husband, wife and Christ. Marriage works in Christ.”
my friend Kathleen Ann

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iheartbeingacatholic:

Lord,make me an instrument of Your peace

iheartbeingacatholic:

Lord,make me an instrument of Your peace

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theraccolta:

Ecce mater tua!

theraccolta:

Ecce mater tua!

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