Anglican priests to play Vatican team at cricket

Vatican seminarians play cricket in front of the Vatican flag The Vatican cricket club was only formed in October

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The head of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has accepted a challenge from the Vatican to play their first ever cricket match.

Priests from the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church are planning to compete - appropriately enough - at Lord's in London next September.

The Vatican cricket club, founded in October, includes priests from Australia, India and Pakistan.

It has also been suggested the umpires might be Muslim or Jewish.

But the feeling is that their faith will not matter - as long as they are fair, the BBC's Alan Johnston in Rome reports. He adds that anything else just wouldn't be cricket.

Accepting the challenge, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said he was looking "forward to the possibility that this match may actually raise money for charity", according to Reuters.

He also said he was looking forward "to the togetherness and team sport that is being offered".

Pope Francis is known to be keen on sport, having played basketball as a young man and still supporting his local San Lorenzo football club in Buenos Aires.

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