Pope marries flight attendants in mid-air wedding

Danny Woods
January 22, 2018

At that moment, the pope surprised the couple with offering to marry them right there on the plane.

"We approached the holy father to ask for his blessing, but after an intimate conversation, he agreed to marry us", said Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriaga, LATAM cabin crew member. Pope asked them if they were married and the steward and stewardess said that they had civil union eight years ago, but never married before an official of the church. They responded, "Okay!"According to the couple, Pope Francis blessed their rings and then said "we need a witness". I'll do it for this reason".

The pope was on his way from Santiago, Chile, to Iquique before heading to Peru later in the day.

Quick marriages in non-traditional settings may be de regueur in Las Vegas, but the Catholic Church usually prefers couples to be married in a church, preferably after a six-month Pre-Cana course.

They had the intention of carrying out a church ceremony, but the natural disaster which hit southern Chile in March 2010 damaged the venue where they were going to hold the service, so they chose to postpone the marriage.

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The couple explained that their church's bell tower had fallen during the quake, forcing the cancellation of the service.

A stunned Podest was almost speechless during the remaining hour on the flight as she recounted the story to the 70 or so journalists who travel with the pope on his foreign trips.

"He liked us and he asked: 'Do you want me to marry you?'" He first asked them, "Are you sure?" The document was signed by Pope Francis, the couple and the witness. "So we have to be careful". At one point the Pope asked Ciuffardi, "Is she still the boss?"

After applause - and a breakfast of fresh fruit, croissants, coffee and tea - the plane landed in Iquique and the couple bid the passengers farewell.

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