BREAKING: Head of the Swiss Guard Removed From Post

Swiss Guard Commandant Daniel Anrig

Daniel Anrig, commandant of the Swiss Guard, will no longer serve in that post, effective the end of next month.That is the announcement which was published today in L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's official newspaper.Although no explanation was provided, The Telegraph reports that it's widely believed Pope Francis prefers a "warmer, more inclusive style of governance" and found the commander's manner overly strict and "Teutonic."  According to The Telegraph's Nick Squires, reporting … [Read more...]

Buon Appetito! Swiss Guard Authors Cookbook of Papal Favorites

Swiss Guard authors cookbook

Pope Francis' favorite dishes from his native Argentina are among the recipes included in Buon Appetito, a just-published cookbook by 24-year-old David Geisser.  Also included are some favorites of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope John Paul II.Geisser should know:  As a member of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, he has had the opportunity to ask top Vatican officials about the pontiffs' favorite foods.Some of Pope Francis' favorites featured in the new cookbook are empanadas; roast sirloin, known in … [Read more...]

Vatican Says No, Non Preoccuparti, They’re Not Worried: The Pope Is Safe

Swiss Guard

Earlier today, I reported on a story which appeared in the Catholic Herald, quoting Italian magistrate Nicola Gratteri.  Gratteri believed that the Pope’s life was in danger due to his recent criticisms of organized crime.Now, though, the Vatican has addressed Gratteri’s fears directly and has dismissed the judge’s concerns.  Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican Press Office, told ABC News, There is no concrete reason that would lead us to worry.  There is no reason to fear alar … [Read more...]