Could women join the Swiss Guards?

The Swiss Guards - men for 500 years

For the first time in 500 years, women may be allowed to join the Swiss Guards charged with protecting the Pope at the Vatican.

Reports suggest the idea has come up as the barracks are being upgraded – and should be completed by 2030.

Currently the design means they cannot accommodate women. But the former Swiss president, Doris Leuthard chairs the committee overseeing the new construction. She says it’s hoped the new building will be able to house women, but it has to be approved by the Pope. 

Reports suggest the Pope would be open to it , but he’s is now 87 years old and frail. It’s not sure his successor will willing to move forward. 



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