In 1982, these men were sworn enemies. For 1 day in 2015, they became teammates.

Can you imagine shaking the hand of someone who once tried to kill you? It's almost unthinkable. But these men did it.

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Over 900 people died in the 1982 Falklands War, or the Guerra de la Malvinas. The 74-day confrontation between Argentina and the United Kingdom was fought for control over two island territories in the South Atlantic.

Sadly, the war's toll was much greater than just the death count as open wounds remain for many of its survivors even decades later.

But recently, veterans from both sides gathered to heal together. On the rugby field.

SAMA, the South Atlantic Medal Association, believes some 264 U.K. veterans have committed suicide in the years since the war. As for Argentinian veterans, many of them have banded together to seek justice for mistreatment and abuse that occurred at the hands of their own commanding officers.

But for one day, at least, the ugliness of the war was set aside to celebrate one of the things Argentina and the U.K. share: their love of rugby.

The match was organized by Rugby sans Frontieres (Rugby without Borders), a nonprofit built to spread social tolerance and solidarity through competition.

Argentinian and British veterans played side by side as both teammates and opponents.

The match was kept short – after all, most of the veterans are in their 50s now – and played with a ball blessed by Pope Francis.


Think they took it easy on each other? Not a chance.

But the message was clear; their days as enemies are over.

According to one veteran, "We were victims of circumstance. Politicians failed, and we had to go and try to fix what politicians did wrong."

The men didn't show up to debate Argentinian sovereignty or to air grievances or to mourn.

They were there to make peace.

The veterans even went out for a beer afterwards.

"The beauty of rugby is afterwards, we talk, we drink, and we laugh," 57-year-old vet David Jackson said.

"Reconciliation is important," said another. "This is an emotional moment."


33 years ago, these men were sworn enemies. Today they're brothers.

The fact that they were able to put aside their harrowing memories of the war and see their old foes as fathers, sons, brothers. As people. It's just...

...hell, I'll just say it. It's beautiful.

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Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

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That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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