London: Vatican's first-ever cricket team, dominated by Indians, has been blessed by Pope Francis, days ahead of facing a formidable Church of England XI during their maiden foreign tour.
The Vatican cricket team with Pope Francis (centre). Pic/Vatican Radio
Vatican's "underdog" cricket team was given an official blessing by the Pope yesterday during a private audience as it prepares to travel to Britain.
Argentina-born Pope Francis, who is a passionate football fan but knows little about cricket, signed a bat that the team will take with them during their five-match tour of England, which begins on Friday, The Telegraph reported.