Vatican Defrocks Football

Vatican Defrocks Football
The sixth and last Clericus Cup  is underway, the annual  football contest between seminarians in the colleges of Vatican City. This will be the final year of the competition. Just as the championship series began, the Church and Sport Section of the Pontifical Council for the Laity gave the contest last rites, citing a decline in sportsmanship, a loss of mission, and the rise of naughty Latin chanting from the sidelines.

The 16 teams each represent different seminaries and holy orders, and the young athletes are from many countries. If you’re in Rome, the matches are at the Centro Sportivo Italiano (map). And if you’re in Vegas, the smart money is on three-time champs Red Mat (Redemptoris Mater).


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