Pope John Paul on Tuesday named a new head of his elite Swiss Guard to succeed Alois Estermann, murdered last month just 10 hours after his appointment.

Swiss-born Pius Segmueller, 46, was appointed "Captain Commandant" of the world's smallest and most colorful army, which grabbed world headlines when Estermann, his wife and a young member of the papal guard were found shot dead.The Vatican said 23-year-old Cedric Tornay killed the couple at their Vatican apartment "in a moment of madness" before turning his pistol on himself.

A colonel in the chiefs of staff of the Swiss Army, Lucerne-born Segmueller is married with two children.

The 100-strong Swiss Guards, who sport flamboyant striped uniforms and medieval weapons, were founded in 1506.