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New Papal Swiss Guard commander named

Pope John Paul II named the No. 2 officer of the Swiss Guard, Lt. Elmar Theodor Mader, as the 100-man force's new commander and promoted him to the rank of captain.

Mader, 39, succeeds Col. Pius Segmuller, 50, who in October resigned after four years of service to become police chief of Lucerne, Switzerland.

Mader's appointment was announced at the Vatican on Saturday. As vice commander of the Swiss Guard since June 1998, a month after a guardsman murdered the corps' previous commander, Mader helped implement an extensive reform of the Swiss Guard under Segmuller.

The corps has tightened up its screening process for recruits, revised training and promotion procedures, strengthened ties with the Swiss military and established a foundation in Switzerland to support the guards.

Catholic News Service

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13 Nov 2002