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Daniel Rudolf Anrig (born 10 July 1972) is the current Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 August 2008. He replaced Elmar Mäder who had served as Commander of the Swiss Guard since 2002. He is the thirty fourth Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard.


Anrig was born in Walenstadt (Canton of St. Gallen), Switzerland, Europe. He is married and has four children. He graduated in civil and ecclesiastical law from the University of Fribourg in 1999. He was Assistant Professor of Civil Law at the same University from 1999 until 2001.

He was head of criminal police in the canton of Glarus, from 2002 to 2006 when he became Commanding General of the Police Body of the canton of Glarus.

Anrig holds the rank of a captain in the Swiss Army. He has said that he is open to allowing women in the Guard, something which his predecessors had always rejected.[1]


  1. ^ La Garde suisse pourrait s'ouvrir aux femmes
Military offices
Preceded by
Elmar Mäder
Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard
2008– present


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