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The Vatican State has no defense in the accepted sense. The well-known Swiss Guard, 110 men, has been the pope's life guard since 1506. To see related acronyms about this country, please check ABBREVIATIONFINDER where you can see that VAT stands for Vatican.

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In April 2016, Pope Frans Ṃria visited the refugee camp in Lesbos. The reason was that the EU had entered into an agreement with Turkey to stop the flow of refugees from Asia, so that refugees were interned in concentration camps under similar conditions. Lesbos. Humanitarian organizations such as Save the Children and Doctors Without Borders had already withdrawn in protest with the EU and Turkey's breach of the UN Refugee Convention. In solidarity with the refugees, the Pope granted them asylum in the Vatican and took them back to Rome.

In October 2016, the pope made a historic visit to Lund, Sweden. The occasion was the run-up to the 500th year of the Reformation, the following year and the purpose was to bridge and reconcile after 500 years of conflict and war between Catholics and Lutherans. In a joint statement, the Pope and President of the Lutheran World Federation, Munib A. Younan, stated that "the Reformation had given the Holy Scriptures a more central place in the life of the Church." The visit to Sweden was interesting as the country in the 17th century played a prominent role in the persecution and execution of Catholics. Until the middle of the 20th century, Catholics could not become doctors, teachers or nuns in the country. The reason the pope just visited Lund.

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