Pope commemorates bravery of Swiss Guard during Regime of Terror

Pope Benedict XVI recently commemorated the bravery of the Swiss Guard, who helped save the city of Rome from an army of mercenaries in 1527, by swearing in the latest batch of recruits.

During the "Sack of Rome," over 70% of the Swiss Guard, who protected the Vatican, were lost, more than 10,000 people were killed, and a brutal, 10-month-long "Regime of Terror" ensued. Remnants of the destruction can still be seen on the walls of some centuries-old Roman villas.