| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

Vatican preparing for possibility of women Swiss Guards

If Pope Francis or his successors allow women to join the elite and colorfully dressed force, the Vatican Swiss guards’ new barracks will be built to accommodate them.

On Wednesday, representatives of the Swiss foundation that is raising an estimated 45 million Swiss Francs ($46 million) to replace the current 150-year-old barracks signed a memorandum of understanding with the Vatican’s Secretary of State.

“The project includes single rooms with private bathrooms,” Riccardo Boscardin, an executive of the foundation, said after the signing in the courtyard of the barracks.

“There are two reasons for this. The first is that COVID struck when the project began, and the second is the possibility of integrating women into the guard “According to Boscardin.

“However, this decision is solely that of the Vatican and the Pope,” he said.

  • Reuters