The Vatican’s very own cricket team hit Malta’s shores for a tournament, locking horns with a few local teams in the process.
The team – St Peter’s Cricket Club – was comprised of 25 priests and seminarians hailing from Australia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India and the UK, many of whom currently live in Rome.
Together they hit Marsa sports club, where they played against one Maltese team every day for four days.
They won their first match against Victoria All-Stars but lost on the second day against Marsa Cricket Club, who also won on day three. On the final day, St Peter’s Cricket Club drew with Pax Hominibus XI.
The visit did not begin and end with cricket. In fact, their stay was part of their eighth tour – The Light Of Faith. Throughout, local priests of the Archdiocese showed them around some of Malta’s most notable sites, including St John’s Co-Cathedral, where they celebrated mass.
The players also found the time to engage in some voluntary work, go on cultural visits, including a pilgrimage in the footsteps of St Paul.
Although the Vatican is known for religious pilgrimages and functions, sport also plays a key role. Sport is not limited to cricket, either. The Vatican is known to have athletes who practice athletics, football… and even taekwondo.
Photo Credit: Ian Noel Pace, Archdiocese of Malta
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