aria Valentina de los Angeles isn't your typical nun.
The 28-year-old Colombian has a passion for creating her own music and sharing it with the world. This week, one of her biggest dreams will come true as she performs for Pope John Francis during his visit to her country.
A number of musical guests have performed for the Pope before, including Aretha Franklin and Gloria Estefan, but there's something about Maria Valentina's music that truly sets her apart from the crowd.
You're going to want to hear it.
Picture a nun.
You’re probably imagining a super pious, conservative, middle-aged woman, right?
Maybe she’s praying or kneeling (or both!).
OK. What is she wearing on her feet?
Were you picturing flashy gold soccer cleats?
And yet, that’s exactly what nun Maria Valentina de los Angeles wears on a regular basis.
Because she plays soccer, obviously.
As you can see, Maria Valentina isn’t your typical nun.
She says that in her youth, God saved her from a serious liver disease. Later in life, she chose to become a nun in Cali, Colombia. Now she’s 28 years old and loves bringing joy to others.
How does she do it? Well, there’s the soccer, of course. You can’t help but smile when you see a nun kicking a soccer ball around.
Then there's the fact that Maria Valentina is a member of group of singing nuns.
They call themselves the Community of Eucharistic Communicators of the Heavenly Father in Cali, and they were formed in response to Pope John Paul II’s call for artists to use their talents to spread their love of God.
“God wants to be known through the media,” Maria Valentina says. “He has to make Himself known by way of current trends.”
The group contains musicians and even a television producer.
So far, they’ve put out two records.
“My dream is to be a good nun,” Maria Valentina says. “Making music is a second dream.”
Oh yeah. There’s one more thing you should know about Maria Valentina…