Try not to get choked up watching Panama’s soccer team belt out their national anthem before their first-ever World Cup match

Soccer is the beautiful game no matter what — but every four years, when it’s imbued with the international pride and enthusiasm of the World Cup, it takes on extra emotion. Whiffing on a penalty kick can equal global failure, while a victory for the underdog is practically a religious experience.

But for the Panama national soccer team, well, they were just happy to make it to Russia this year. Before they took the field against Belgium on Monday for their first-ever World Cup match, the players stood for the customary playing of their national anthem. Several stood with tears in their eyes, while the crowd belted the words with a fervor. Watch the touching moment below, and relive the goal that brought Panama to Fisht Stadium in Sochi here.

What a moment!

Watch Panama sing their national anthem before their first-ever FIFA World Cup match. pic.twitter.com/8xZrpzcRVC

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Jeff Sessions’ church slams his use of the Bible to defend separating migrant families

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is a United Methodist, and he is also the face of the Trump administration’s widely condemned policy of separating migrant children from their families at the border. In a Friday statement slamming the policy as “a shocking violation of the spirit of the Gospel,” the United Methodist Church registered its dissent to Sessions’ use of the Bible to defend the separations:

Jesus is our way, our truth, our life. The Christ we follow would have no part in ripping children from their mothers’ arms or shunning those fleeing violence. It is unimaginable that faith leaders even have to say that these policies are antithetical to the teachings of Christ.

Christian sacred texts should never be used to justify policies that oppress or harm children and families. [United Methodist Church]

The statement explicitly called out Sessions as a “fellow United Methodist,” asking him to reverse the decision to split up families. It noted that the close context of the passage Sessions cited, Romans 13, includes instructions for Christians to “extend hospitality to strangers” and to do “no wrong to a neighbor.”

Nearly 2,000 children were separated from their families in April and May alone; some of these families crossed the border illegally, while others are legal asylum-seekers. Read the full United Methodist statement here.

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6 beautiful homes with Italian influences

San Antonio, Texas. Everett Love commissioned renowned architects Adams and Adams to build Villa Amore for his Italian wife in 1922. The four-bedroom estate features arched doorways, Italian stenciled beams, Palladian windows opening to a balcony, and a 1,000-bottle wine room.

Outside are an imported marble fountain, a pool, an al fresco fireplace, and a carriage house with a one-bedroom apartment. $1,999,000. Jason Glast, San Antonio Portfolio Real Estate, (210) 386-1833.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This Tuscan-style four-bedroom home on Calibogue Sound was built in 2004. Details include reclaimed beams, Italian stone, heart-of-pine floors, a 1,000-bottle wine room, and an Italian farm-style kitchen.

The waterfront property offers 180-degree views, a pool, a private beach, a pavilion, and several docks giving quick access to the Intercoastal Waterway. $4,295,000. Terri and Bill Rupp, Engel & Völkers/Hilton Head Island Bluffton, (843) 715-4422.

Nyack, New York. Palazzo Mare, built in 2001, is a five-bedroom, 15th century–style Venetian villa on the bank of the Hudson River. The ornate front door leads to an open first floor with a grand staircase, a 27-foot ceiling, and Corinthian columns.

The master suite has a green marble bathroom with a spa tub. The 0.62-acre property includes a sandy beach, a pier, and a pool with a spa. $3,500,000. Richard Ellis, Ellis Sotheby’s, (914) 393-0438.

Venice, California. The four-bedroom Rialto House was built in 1905 by one of Abbot Kinney’s senior craftsmen, who was enlisted to help create Kinney’s “Venice of America.” Features include hardwood floors, Islamo-Byzantine stained-glass windows, a marble-floored sunroom, an Italian-tile bathroom, and a third-floor studio bedroom with roof deck access.

The corner property has a garage topped with an 840-square-foot guesthouse. $3,985,000. Penny Muck, Halton Pardee + Partners, (310) 907-6517.

Newport, Rhode Island. The extensive renovation of

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Stephen Colbert is a little queasy at how complimentary Trump is being about ‘vicious dictator’ Kim Jong Un

President Trump “is still basking in the glow of his successful play date” with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Stephen Colbert said on Thursday’s Late Show, “but it has been kind of shocking to hear all the nice things Trump said about one of the most vicious dictators alive.” He played some clips, but one compliment jumped out. “Funny?” Colbert asked. “Mr. President, when they talk about how much Kim Jong Un ‘kills,’ they’re not talking about his new Comedy Central special, ‘Kim Jong Un-censored.'”

“And it’s not just their leader he respects — today, North Korean television broadcast some behind-the-scenes footage of Trump meeting North Korean officials, and — wait for it — and he salutes!” Colbert narrated. “He salutes a North Korean general. Our commander in chief saluted our enemy. Either that or he was just confused. ‘I’m a huge fan of your chicken, Gen. Tso.'”

Trump didn’t get much concrete from Kim, but he did get a promise that North Korea will return the remains of U.S. soldiers killed in the Korean War. “Finally these soldiers’ families will get some closure — well done, Mr. President,” Colbert said. “But, then he had to lie about it.” Trump suggested to Fox News that “so many 101-year-old couples asked him for this — Trump isn’t just bending the truth anymore, he’s bending the fabric of space-time,” Colbert said. “My father-in-law served during the Korean War. If his parents were alive, I think they would be 127 years old — or as we call them here at CBS, our target demo.” He ended on Russia and the World Cup, and you can watch that below.

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