Vatican Cricket team's first fixture at Stonyhurst

The Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team has announced the schedule for its 2018 Tour of England - from the 3rd to the 15th of July - , which will be the 4th Light of Faith Tour of England for the Vatican XI. The team last visited the UK on an official tour in 2016.

This high profile and significant tour will commence at Stonyhurst College, with the inaugural cricket match between Stonyhurst and the Vatican XI taking place at the College on Wednesday 4 July 2018 at 1.00pm. During the tour, the Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team will also visit 10 Downing Street.

The Vatican (St Peter’s) Cricket Team will play the following fixtures during their Tour:
- 4 July 2018 Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI at Stonyhurst College, Lancashire
- 6 July 2018 The Vatican (St Peter’s) and Archbishop of Canterbury’s Combined XI vs Inter-faith XI at Lord’s (Nursery Ground), London
- 8 July 2018 Her Majesty’s Prison and Young Offenders Institution XI
- 9 July 2018 Commonwealth XI at Indian Gymkhana Ground, Osterley, London
- 10 July 2018 Mount Cricket Club, East London Faith Team, Walthamstow, London
- 12 July 2018 Houses of Parliament XI, Chiswick House, London
- 14 July 2018 Royal Household Cricket Club, Windsor Castle 

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, comments: “We are extremely pleased to be embarking on our 4th Light of Faith Tour of England. We are delighted that the tour will begin with a match against Stonyhurst College, a school which has a long history of combining faith, academics, and sporting excellence. It promises to be an excellent first fixture on an exciting tour.”

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’.

For the fixture against the Vatican XI, Stonyhurst College is forming a Stonyhurst Gentlemen’s XI to represent the College, consisting of current pupils, alumni, staff and friends.