The Papal Artifacts’ Collection is primarily dedicated to artifacts connected to the papacy. Individual popes, their biographies and multiple items belonging to them, including first and second class relics, make up the majority of this Collection. But that isn’t all it is.
Father Kunst has a deep devotion to the saints as can be readily seen in viewing the Saints & Blesseds section of this site. We invite you to visit Papal History/Saints & Blesseds to view the many canonized and beatified men and women who make up this section of the Collection.
Another category is also included with this Collection: Notable Individuals. These are people significantly associated with the Catholic Church who have not been canonized but contributed in outstanding ways to the church.
Another category of Papal Artifacts includes a wide variety of artifacts connected to the Swiss Guard, which we invite you to peruse. Father Kunst has several items including three separate Swiss Guard uniforms. The one you see featured here is from the pontificate of Leo XIII.
From Rome Reports
“The first time I considered being a Swiss guard was five years ago. My father was happier than me, my mother, however, was a little more reserved. She wanted me to finish my studies.”
“For me it is an honor and a privilege to be here. We are unique in the world, in that we can be so close to the Pope.”
To enter this military body one must be Swiss, Catholic, less than 30 years old, measure at least 5’8” and have first partipated in military service in their country.
They control access to the Vatican and are always present at large events. They don’t speak much, but they see it all … and support everyone.
GIAN ANDRI ARPAGAUS
“Argentines: Let me put it this way. I love them with all my heart but they shout a lot.”
“Since my first day of service they put me on guard. It is two hours at the Bronze Doors or the Arch of the Bells. One suffers a little, but you get used to it.”
“Don’t you get cramps?”
“Yes, but I suffer in silence and without moving.”
Some ended their college career and others must still complete their studies. Most of them will not stay more than two years in the Swiss guards. However, those who want to stay and marry must wait until they have completed three years of service, commit to another three years, be over 25 years old and be named sergeant.