Tuesday, May 6, 2014
In Memoriam: The Valiant Swiss Guards and Their Deeds at the "Sacco di Roma"
The oath takes place every year on May 6th, in remembrance of the "Sack of Rome" in 1527. It was then that 147 Swiss soldiers fell defending Pope Clemens VII. Today they are counted as the "smallest army in the world." It was their valor and that of their leader, Captain Röist, who fell, even as his wife looked on, which gave the Pope time to escape to down the Borgo, a secret passageway, to the Castel Sant'Angelo and to be safe for a time from the depredations of Charles V's Lutheran and Spanish soldiery.
They also valiantly defended the Pope on September 20th, 1870, when the Masonic armies of Italian unification breached the walls of Rome.