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Vatican and Church of England head for a showdown ... at cricket

High hopes for a fixture at Lord's, the 'home of cricket'

Vatican and Church of England head for a showdown ... at cricket

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Edward Pentin for Catholic Herald International

December 27, 2013

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The Church of England has agreed to play a cricket match with the newly formed “Vatican cricket club”, with Lord’s cricket ground as the planned venue.

The announcement was made today at a press conference hosted by Archbishop David Moxon, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative in Rome.

The match is scheduled to take place in September 2014, probably at the “home of cricket”, although Lord’s has yet to be officially approached.

Known formally as the St Peter’s Cricket Club, the Vatican team members will be made up of priests and seminarians drawn from various colleges in Rome and Vatican offices. Similarly, to ensure a level playing field, the Church of England side will be made up of “ordinands and those associated with theological colleges”, Archbishop Moxon said.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, welcomed the initiative in a telephone call to Archbishop Moxon today.

“He said he was delighted by the idea, is looking forward to seeing the teams playing in England, and he appreciates the partnership, the sense of playfulness, and friendship,” Archbishop Moxon said. Furthermore, he said Archbishop Welby hopes it will “raise money for charity” and joked that he had “forgiven the Australian cricket team”.

The Australian side recently thrashed England in the latest Ashes series in Australia.

Full Story: Canterbury and Rome prepare for cricketing showdown 

Source: Catholic Herald

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