Love in the air: Pope marries couple on papal plane in Chile

Posted January 22, 2018

However, they were never formally Wednesday in the eyes of the Catholic Church because the church they had chosen for the event was destroyed in an natural disaster. The pope then offered to marry the LATAM flight attendants aboard the Airbus 321 and they quickly agreed.

As per Several media reports stated that Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, 41, who had a civil union eight years ago, told the pope a religious ceremony that was to tag on was called off after their parish church in Santiago was heavily damaged in an natural disaster in 2010. After hearing their story, Pope asked the couple, "Do you want me to marry you?"

"We told him that we are husband and wife, that we have two daughters and that we would have loved to receive his blessing". He also revealed what the pope told them, "This is the sacrament that is missing in the world, the sacrament of marriage". "He asked: 'Are you sure?' 'Yes, of course!' we said".

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The newlywed said he asked his boss and president of LatAm airline, Ignacio Cueto, to be his best man and one of the Vatican prelates drew up a handwritten marriage certificate.

A Vatican official hastily drew up an official, albeit handwritten marriage certificate, stating that the two had consented to the sacrament of marriage on January 18 and that Francis had celebrated the marriage "aboard the papal plane from Santiago to Iquique".

Referring to the rings, Francis jested that they shouldn't be too tight, because "they would be a torture", nor too loose, because they might lose them.

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It's not very often that you get to witness a marriage on a plane and that too, with Pope Francis officiating the same.

Pope Francis brought his motorcade to a halt to check on a police officer who fell from her rearing horse along the route.

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