The Bishop of Rome married two flight attendants aboard the plane during a flight from Santiago to Iquique in Chile.
It happened after the flight crew gathered at the front of the plane to take a photo with the religious leader. The couple, bride Paula Podest and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, told the pope that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to have a church ceremony because of the February 27, 2010, earthquake that rocked Chile.
The pope then offered to marry the LATAM flight attendants aboard the Airbus 321 and they quickly agreed. After a Vatican official drafted up an official though handwritten marriage certificate, the pope performed the first-ever airborne papal wedding, with the head of the airline as the witness.
The groom shared, "We told him that we are husband and wife, that we have two daughters and that we would have loved to receive his blessing... All of a sudden he asked us if we were married in the church, too... He liked us and he asked, 'Do you want me to marry you?' "
Carlos went on gushing, "He told me it's historic, that there has never before been a pope who married someone aboard a plane." He also revealed what the pope told them, "This is the sacrament that is missing in the world, the sacrament of marriage. May this motivate others to get the sacrament of marriage. I'll do it for this reason."
The bride was then surrounded by around 70 journalists who travel with the pope on his foreign trips. To the reporters, Paula revealed the advice that the Bishop of Rome told them, "The wedding rings shouldn't be too tight, because they'll torture you, but if they're too loose, they'll fall off. So we have to be careful."
ES: Celebración del matrimonio de dos asistentes de vuelo durante el viaje a Iquique (Chile). EN: Marriage celebration of two flight attendants during trip to Iquique (Chile) PT: Celebração do matrimônio de dois comissários de bordo durante a viagem a Iquique (Chile). IT: Celebrazione del matrimonio di due asistenti di volo durante il viaggio a Iquique (Chile). FR: Célébration du mariage de deux assistants de vol durant le voyage à Iquique (Chili) DE: Hochzeitsfeier zweier Besatzungsmitglieder auf dem Flug nach Iquique (Chile). #ApostolicJourney, #Chile, #ViagemApostólica, #ViajeApostólico, #ViaggioApostolico
The hand written marriage certificate after Pope Francis married couple on Latam plane. Photo credit: Courtney Walsh pic.twitter.com/1QFy2wqUCk— Steve Dorsey (@steve_dorsey) January 18, 2018