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Pope to Swiss Guard: The person, not the uniform, counts

Pope to Swiss Guard: The person, not the uniform, counts
VATICAN May 5, 2014 - It is not your uniform which attracts people but the kindness, availability and goodness of the person who wears it. This was Pope Francis' message to the Pontifical Swiss Guard on Monday, marking the commemoration of their heroic sacrifice during the Sack of Rome in 1527, and this year's new recruits. He said: "With your special service, you are called to give a peaceful and joyful Christian witness to those who come to the Vatican to visit St. Peter's Basilica and to meet the Pope. You especially need kindness and charity towards pilgrims and tourists and to your comrades, to avoid divisions and marginalization.
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