Church Of England Beat Vatican In Charity Match

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presents the trophy to the Church of England
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby presents the trophy to the Church of England
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Canterbury hosted a charity match between the Church of England and a team representing the Vatican - the home of Catholicism.

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The two sides had never before met on a cricket pitch and the match came more than 500 years after the Church of England split with the Vatican under the reign of King Henry VIII.

In October 2013, the Vatican created the St Peter's Cricket Club and subsequently issued a challenge to the Church of England.

However, after a close game, the home side emerged victorious, and picked up a trophy presented by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury.

"The Vatican side have had a great week, a wonderful tour," he said.

"It ended with a nail-biting match in the most beautiful setting on a lovely day which we seldom get at this time of year and everything was great."

The fund-raising continued into Friday night in aid of the Global Freedom network - the charity initiative that both churches are supporting.

The charity works to prevent human trafficking and modern slavery as well as assist victims.

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