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Priests, seminarians to bat for Vatican cricket team

Oct. 20, 2013

Vatican plans to announce an international cricket team of mainly priests and seminarians from countries where the sport remains popular. "Going in to bat and bowl for the Vatican team will be mainly priests and seminarians who played cricket back in their home countries," said a news item in the website of the Vatican Radio.  The organizers look forward to form a women's team with nuns interested in the game, it said.  The Pontifical Council for Culture this week announced the formation and the launch is part of sports initiatives spearheaded by the Council. The team will be officially presented at a press conference on Oct.22.  Organizers foresee some interesting ecumenical and interfaith prospects for the club, the Vatican Radio said. The driving force behind this idea is the Australian ambassador to the Holy See, John McCarthy, a passionate player himself and former member of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust.The Vatican team could be Vatican drawn from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies, according to McCarthy.

Source: UCAN

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