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May 7, 2011 in Nation/World
Associated Press photo

A Swiss Guard jokes with a child trying on his helmet prior to the swearing-in of 34 new recruits at the Vatican on Friday. The elite group provides ceremonial duty, assists at Vatican functions and helps protect the pope. The ceremony is held each May 6 to honor the 147 Swiss Guards who died protecting Pope Clement VII during the 1527 Sack of Rome.