A truly wicket notion as churches take up their bats

The Catholic Church and Church of England will ‘do battle’ this September, but only to decide whose cricket team is best on the field of play.

On September 17, the Vatican St Peter’s team will travel to England’s Kent County Cricket Club at Canterbury Cathedral for a match fixture against a team drawn from members of the Anglican Church.

The match is part of the Vaticanís Light of Faith Tour which will see the team from Rome participate in a number of warm-up matches through September ahead of the main event at Canterbury. One of these warm-ups will include a match against members of the Royal Household drawn from Windsor Castle.

The main event on September 17 will also serve as an ecumenical event, seeing a shared prayer moment ahead of the match, and the recitation of evensong after the conclusion of the competition.

Made up of 12 priests, deacons and seminarians, the St Peter’s team comprises nationalities from India, England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.