The Vatican Cricket Team, St Peter’s, will compete against a team from Stonyhurst College in Clitheroe, Lancashire, next month.
The fixture, which is the first of the Vatican teams’ 2018 tour of England, will take place on Wednesday 4th July.
St Peter’s Cricket Club, who recently announced the tour schedule, will also face Her Majesty’s Prison and Young Offenders Institution XI; Commonwealth XI; Mount Cricket Club, East London Faith Team; Houses of Parliament XI; and Royal Household Cricket Club. They will also join together with the Archbishop of Canterbury’s team to face the Inter-faith XI as part of the tour.
St Peter’s Cricket Club was officially founded in 2014 and consists of priests, deacons and seminarians studying and working in Rome and the Vatican. The team is under the official patronage of the Pontifical Council for Culture and members come from across the Commonwealth.
Fr Eamonn O’Higgins LC, Manager of the Saint Peter’s Cricket Team, said: “We are extremely pleased to be embarking on our 4th Light of Faith Tour of England. We are delighted that the tour will begin with a match against Stonyhurst College, a school which has a long history of combining faith, academics, and sporting excellence. It promises to be an excellent first fixture on an exciting tour.”
The team’s objectives are to increase the awareness of the importance of religion for society and promote inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue through cricket. Cricket matches thus serve as platforms to bring different communities together and to promote what Pope Francis has called the ‘culture of encounter and dialogue’.
The Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team will play the following fixtures during their Tour:
Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire – 4th July 2018
The Vatican (St Peter’s) and Archbishop of Canterbury’s Combined XI vs Inter-faith XI at Lord’s (Nursery Ground), London – 6th July 2018
Her Majesty’s Prison and Young Offenders Institution XI – 8th July 2018
Commonwealth XI at Indian Gymkhana Ground, Osterley, London – 9th July 2018
Mount Cricket Club, East London Faith Team, Walthamstow, London – 10th July 2018
Houses of Parliament XI, Chiswick House, London – 12th July 2018
Royal Household Cricket Club, Windsor Castle – 14th July 2018
Picture: The Vatican XI (St Peter’s).