Pope Weds Couple Mid-Flight Aboard Papal Plane

"This is the sacrament the world needs, the sacrament of marriage," the Pope said.

Crew members Paula Podest, left, and Carlos Ciuffardi talk to people on the plane moments after being married by Pope Francis during the flight between Santiago, Chile, and the northern city of Iquique on Jan. 18, 2018. Pope Francis married the couple during the flight to Iquique where he will celebrate an open-air mass on the beach before leaving for Peru on the last leg of his South American trip.

By Published on January 18, 2018

Pope Francis married a couple thousands of feet above the earth aboard the papal plane Thursday while traveling from Santiago to Iquique, Chile.

The couple, flight attendants Paula Podesta and Carlos Ciuffardi, has been together for 10 years and was civilly married in 2010, but just before they were to have a church wedding, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake rocked Chile and destroyed their church, according to Crux Now. Francis, upon hearing that an earthquake prevented their wedding, offered to officially marry them himself in the first marriage that a Pope has ever conducted aboard an airplane.

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“It was historic,” Francis told the couple, according to Crux. “Never has a pope married a couple on a plane.”

Podesta and Ciuffardi were shocked at Francis’ offer and asked him whether he was sure, but to the couple’s delight, Francis proceeded with the ceremony. Francis asked for witnesses to the sacrament, and the couple chose the CEO of LATAM airlines, Enrique Cueto Plaza, to vouch for the validity of the union. Francis then asked the present Cardinals to draft a marriage license, which they hand wrote.

Ciuffardi told Crux that Francis held their hands and blessed the rings they had worn for more than seven years “in the name of God.”

“What he said to us is very important: ‘This is the sacrament the world needs, the sacrament of marriage. Hopefully, this will motivate couples around the world to get married,’” Ciuffardi said.


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