|1.||the bodyguard of the pope, recruited from Swiss nationals|
|2.||a member of this bodyguard|
|3.||one of a group of Swiss mercenaries who acted as bodyguards to the French kings: destroyed in the Revolution|
corps of Swiss soldiers responsible for the safety of the pope. Often called "the world's smallest army," they serve as personal escorts to the pontiff and as watchmen for Vatican City and the pontifical villa of Castel Gandolfo
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