The Anglican Church Has Accepted the Vatican's Cricket Challenge

Tuesday December 24th, 2013

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The Anglican Church has agreed to square off against the Vatican in a cricket match in September 2014 in London.

The Holy See announced it would be putting together an All-Star team of cricket players from its seminaries around the world in October, and said they would like to take on the Anglican church at Lord's Cricket Ground, which is billed as the "home of cricket."

The head of the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, recently accepted the challenge through an emissary to Vatican City.

Pope Francis is known to be more of a soccer fan and recently met with his favorite team, San Lorenzo, after they won their league championship.

The contest was inspired by the Clericus Cup, a soccer tournament held between the various seminaries and religious colleges around Rome.

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