Cathedral to show World Cup final

FOOTBALL and theology may seem worlds apart, but they will come together for a special occasion at a Suffolk cathedral next week.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, will show the World Cup final on Sunday, July 11, on a big screen in a marquee in the grounds.

Keen football supporters Canon Matthew Vernon and cathedral warden Tony Kimber came up with the idea.

Canon Vernon said: “People sing hymns at football matches, so why not watch football at a cathedral?”

Mr Kimber, who is now keen on either Spain or Brazil to win, said: “As a warden and part of the welcome team, it’s all about bringing the opportunity for new people to be part of the cathedral and to see the cathedral.”

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Acting Dean of the cathedral, the Rev Michael Hampel, added that the event would be a first for the cathedral.

Mr Hampel, who is half German, had been supporting England, but he is now backing Germany all the way.

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On the similarities between football and religion, he said: “The important thing is it’s about people coming together with a common interest.”

He said being a sportsman was about using the skills and talents God has given you for the good.

The event starts at 6pm and is open to those who have purchased a ticket for food.

Tickets cost �7 per person and include a fish and chip supper. For more information, contact 01284 748720 or email

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