Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the secretary of State of the Holy See, met the Swiss Foreign minister Ignazio Cassis last Monday. The occasion was the centenary of the restoration of diplomatic relations between Switzerland and the Holy see. These relations date back to the establishment of an apostolic nunciature in Switzerland in 1586. This is also the oldest Permanent Representation of the Vatican north of the Alps. Before that, in 1506, the Swiss Guard was founded under Pope Julius II. In 1873, Switzerland briefly broke off relations with the Vatican, after a conflict with the Vatican over the Catholic Church’s rule over education and some other social affairs. It was not until 1920 that full-fledged relationships were established again. It is not clear if any current pope could successfully serve as pope for 15 years in the future. But that is not to suggest he would not be president of the United States in the future. He is just the first of two new ones to serve in President Barack Obama’s first term, but two or three others have been active in the Trump administration, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn. With more than 30 years in the post, Flynn, former national security advisor to President George W. Bush and later Defense Secretary, was also a top surrogate for Pence prior to the election last year. For now, Flynn is still under consideration by President Trump for the role of national security adviser in his administration. Gardiner said the decision on whether Flynn would serve is not fully known but other advisers are actively considering a call for him to stay in Congress. His choice of a role in the Trump administration represents an indication that Pence does not intend to leave office quickly. During his brief time in the Oval Office, he was on the National Economic Council during George H.W. Bush’s administration and in Obama’s. During their meeting, Minister Cassis signed a joint declaration with Cardinal Parolin. They both express their commitment to the promotion of peace and Human Rights, the universal abolition of the death penalty, the protection of minorities and interfaith dialogue.