Daniel Anrig

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Daniel Anrig
Born (1972-07-10) July 10, 1972 (age 44)
Walenstadt, Switzerland
Allegiance  Vatican City
Service/branch Pontifical Swiss Guard
Swiss Army
Years of service 1992–1994
Rank Colonel
Commands held Pontifical Swiss Guard
Other work Police Officer
Professor of Civil Law

Daniel Rudolf Anrig (born 10 July 1972) was the thirty fourth Commandant of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 August 2008,[1] and was later removed by Pope Francis on January 31, 2015.[2] He replaced Elmar Mäder who had served as Commandant of the Swiss Guard since 2002.[3]


Anrig was born in Walenstadt (Canton of St. Gallen), Switzerland. He is married and has four children. Anrig served as halberdier in the Swiss Guard between 1992 and 1994.[4] 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.[citation needed]

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.[5]

Anrig held 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.[6]

Pope Francis decided not to extend Ahring's term. It ended on 31 January 2015.[7]


Military offices
Preceded by
Elmar Mäder
Commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard
Succeeded by
Christoph Graf