Vatican Cricket Team To Play in Chiswick

St. Peter's Cricket Club to take on Houses of Parliament XI in Chiswick House Grounds

Picture: The Vatican XI (St Peter’s)


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The Vatican cricket team, St Peter’s, are to play against the Houses of Parliament XI on the pitch in Chiswick House grounds next month.

The fixture, which one of seven in the Vatican teams’ 2018 tour of England, will take place on Thursday 12 July.

Three days earlier they are playing a Commonwealth Xi at the Indian Gymkhana Ground in Osterley.

St Peter’s Cricket Club, who recently announced the tour schedule, will also face Her Majesty’s Prison and Young Offenders Institution XI; Mount Cricket Club, East London Faith Team; Stoneyhurst College; 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.

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’.


June 17, 2018

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