The Vatican's Swiss Guard Gets New 3-D Helmets To Celebrate 513 Years As Mercenaries

Published on 22 Jan 2019, 20:23
According to a report by Reuters, on Tuesday, the Vatican's Swiss Guard, the mini-army that protects the pope, swapped their ancient metal helmets for one made by 3-D printers. The new helmets are reportedly made of a thermoplastic and were distributed to the corps to help celebrate their 513th anniversary as a mercenary force. Spokesman Urs Breitenmoser said that one of the main advantages of the new helmets is that they will not heat up like the metal ones, meaning the guards will sweat less. The Swiss Guard wear ceremonial uniforms of yellow, red and blue stripes at official papal services such as Masses, as well as for visits by heads of state.

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