Vatican seeking 'cricket-playing' nuns to form women's team
The Vatican hopes the team will play against players of various religions including Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs.
The Vatican is reportedly on the lookout for Indian, Pakistani or Sri Lankan nuns, who have played cricket before, in order to form a women's cricket team, following the announcement of their own men's cricket club.
The Pontifical Council for Culture has included priests and seminarians from across the world to form the men''s cricket XI, with the help of a former Sydney Cricket Ground Trust member and current Australian ambassador to the Holy See.
According to Australian website News.com.au, Holy See ambassador John McCarthy confirmed that the Vatican is on the lookout for nuns interested in forming a women''s XI, especially Indian, Pakistani and Sri Lankan sisters, although the role of women within the church is still a hotly debated issue.
Stating that the Vatican has recognised the fact that cricket has a very prominent position in the East and in the English-speaking world, McCarthy also said that there are many priests and seminarians in Rome who have played and want to play cricket as it is a sport which covers many religions and ethnic groups.
McCarthy further said that the Vatican could play the Hindus, Muslims, and Sikhs, adding that an ideal team would represent India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies and would generate a lot of interest from the faithful in various areas of the world.
The Vatican has had a national football side for decades, and Pope Francis is known to be a big fan of Argentinian club San Lorenzo, the report added.