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Anglican XI beat Vatican in historic cricket match

Saturday 20th September 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury congratulates both sides after historic match to raise awareness of Anglican-Roman Catholic efforts to wipe out modern slavery.

Church of England cricketers beat a Vatican team yesterday in a historic match in support of a joint initiative to wipe out modern slavery and human trafficking.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, congratulated both sides and presented the trophy to winning captain Stephen Gray after the match, played in the shadow of Canterbury Cathedral at Kent County Cricket Ground.

The Archbishop of Canterbury with the triumphant Anglican XI at Kent County Cricket Ground, 19 September 2014.

The match was organized to raise awareness and funds for the Global Freedom Network, a joint initiative between religious leaders including Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury which is committed to eliminating modern slavery and human trafficking across the world.

The St Peter's XI scored 106 from their 20 overs against the Anglican XI, who went on to win by six wickets with five balls to spare.

The Anglican victory was announced in a jubilant, but entirely sporting, tweet from the Lambeth Palace Twitter account:

View more tweets and photos from the match

Read more about the Global Freedom Network

Watch a report on BBC One's Sunday Morning Live (starts at 52 minutes)

Listen to a report on R4 Sunday (starts at 31 minutes)


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