That from the commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard reacting to the threats posed by ISIS against the Pope:
“We are ready to intervene. Our job is security. and as gendarmes we are well organized. We are ready if anything happens,” said Cristoph Graf.
At age 54, Graf is married with two children. Yet he and the other members of the Swiss Guard are willing to lay down their lives to protect the Holy Father.
In an interview with the Italian daily Il Giornale, published on Feb. 18, Graf responded to threats from ISIS militants, who stated in a recent video, “We will conquer Rome.”
“We have asked the guards to be on higher alert, to watch how people are moving. We can’t do more than that,” Graf said.
He also stressed the importance of information to prevent potential attacks. He referenced the Jan. 7 massacre at the headquarters of a French newspaper that had published offensive images of the Prophet Mohammed.
“What happened in Paris could happen here and it cannot be prevented without intelligence based on accurate information,” he said.
Reflecting on his own appointment as commander of the Swiss Guard, Graf said, “The Pope asked me if I was willing and I could have said ‘no.’ But I think this is a mission and I answered ‘yes,’ because I see this as the Lord’s work. I know there are several crosses to carry but I trust in God’s help.”
Asked if the Holy Father is afraid, he replied, “I don’t think the Pope is afraid of anything…Anything can happen but you can see that he is not afraid.”
Prayers for il Papa and for all threatened by these savages.