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article imageVatican forming Cricket team to take on Church of England

By Marcus Hondro     Oct 26, 2013 in World
It's not likely Pope Francis I will be on the side but the tiny city-state he's titular head of will be going toe to toe in a battle with the Church of England on the cricket pitch. The Pope is more a football (soccer) man.
The Vatican issued a challenge to the Church of England this week during the baptism of the St. Peter's Cricket Club in the Vatican. The match will take place at Lord's in London, the home of cricket.
Vatican vs. Church of England
The date has not been finalized and in the meantime the Vatican is going to conduct a house league with priests and seminarians from Catholic colleges and seminaries to determine their best players.
"We hope to have ecumenical dialogue through cricket and play a Church of England side by September," an Indian official at the Vatican's Council for Culture, Father Theodore Mascarenhas, told Reuters. Father Mascarenhas was himself once cricket player, an off-spin bowler.
The Vatican team - the Vatican XI - will wear the city-state's customary yellow and white and their uniforms will include the official seal of the papacy, two crossed keys. It is yet to be announced what the Church of England side will wear for uniforms; their team is expected to be comprised of Anglican priests and seminarians,
The Church of England broke away from the Vatican in 1534 when King Henry VIII didn't get his way when it came to an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. There was a brief reconciliation during the reign of Queen Mary I but it was all over by 1558.
So a bit of a grudge match then.
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