Pope Francis has received the gift of a signed cricket bat from the Archbishop of Canterbury, signed by him and his team, following their recent rematch with the Vatican’s XI on Campanelle ground in Rome.
The bat was passed on to Francis by Cardinal George Pell after the St Peter’s Cricket Club beat the Church of England’s XI by 43 runs in a 20-over match last weekend.
Australia’s Vatican ambassador, John McCarthy, said the Anglicans’ visit “strengthened personal and institutional relations” between the two churches.
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