This Lucky Couple Got Married On An Airplane By Pope Francis

NewsyPublished: January 18, 2018Updated: January 20, 201811 views
Published: January 18, 2018Updated: January 20, 2018

Love was truly in the air - 36,000 feet up in the air - for two flight attendants when they got the opportunity of their lives. Pope Francis happened to be on their flight and he agreed to give them the ceremony they never had and always wanted.

According to CNN, the Pope was on a short flight out of Santiago, the capital city of Chile, on the morning of January 18, 2018. He was on his way to Iquique during a three-day visit to Chile when divine duty called. Paula Podest, 39, and Carlos Ciufardi, 41, have been a couple for over ten years and were both working as flight attendants on the Catholic leader’s plane. The pope offered to marry the couple and conducted the impromptu ceremony right then and there.

The two colleagues were supposed to get married in 2010. But the devastating earthquake that hit Chile that same year ruined the country and destroyed the church they wanted to get married in. Heartbroken, the couple opted for just the civil ceremony instead.

Paula and Carlos kindly asked the Pope if he would like to officiate their union and after hearing their story, Pope Francis agreed. He blessed their rings, the CEO of the airline served as a witness and a cardinal on board the plane wrote the wedding certificate by hand.

The Vatican says this is the first time the Pope has officiated a marriage in the manner.

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