Football-mad' priest sets up World Cup chapel in Nottingham Cathedral

 A Catholic priest has taken over part of Nottingham's Roman Catholic Cathedral of Saint Barnabas complex, setting it up as a 'World Cup Chapel'. Father David Cain, a keen Derby and England fan, has decorated the parish centre with large flags of all the teams competing in the World Cup, is hoping that it will inspire visitors to Cathedral during the months of June and July. As well as working as a priest in the Cathedral, Father David Cain also has responsibility for encouraging young men to consider and join the priesthood in his own diocese of Nottingham. The establishment of his World Cup Chapel coincides with a recent poster recruitment campaign for the priesthood by the Catholic Church which used footballing imagery. Over 5000 posters went up in schools and churches across England and Wales. Although Father David will be giving England his full and passionate support during the tournament, he believes that the World Cup will provide the perfect platform for greater understanding between peoples. He said: "Although, understandably many people will be fiercely cheering on their own nation, sport generally, and football in particular can provide a great bridge in promoting harmony between nations despite differences that exist in race, religion or politics." On the thorny issue of whether he will be praying for an England victory, Father David was a little more coy, but said: "I will certainly be praying that the England team and its fans are kept safe and well, and that the Team will do its best; but I will also be praying for every nation taking part and would encourage others to do the same." Father David also joked: "I am not sure that there is an official patron saint of football, but perhaps Saint Mirren should be considered for the job." Several 'Fairtrade' footballs have also been included in the decorations. These highlight the poor working conditions suffered by many people in the Third World involved in the production of sports clothing, equipment and footwear. For more information see: Source: National Office for Vocations/CCN

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