Wednesday 23 October 2013 

Video - Cricket Comes To Vatican City

The formation of St Peter's Cricket Club in Rome is the first in the world's smallest country - Vatican City.

The club has been devised as a way of forging ties with teams of other faiths and players will be selected from around 300 students and priests that play in the area.

Vatican's Culture and Sport ministry have been behind the move and launched the team at a press conference on Tuesday (22nd October).

They expect private sponsors to fund equipment, organisational and other costs.

"We learn lots of things in sport," Antony Shehan Fernando, seminarian at the Maria Mater Ecclesiae college, said.

"To accept both victory and defeat, but in the life of the priesthood we have to go through, we need to accept things. Because in the future as a priest, we know that things are not going to be easy."

Father Eamonn O'Higgins, the secretary of the club, sees a bright future for the club.

"Our challenge is next year to hopefully play a match with the Anglican communion," he said. "Hopefully that will take place at Lord's Cricket ground in London and then with other faiths as well.

"We do this not just to challenge and play cricket but to build up a rapport of friendship among believers and non-believers," he added.

Matches against Hindu or Muslim students in Asia are on the cards and a women's team is also a possibility.

Video courtesy of SNTV. Please note that this video will be available for a period of 14 days from 22nd October, after which the player above will display the latest live video content.

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