Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

Ruben Ruiz
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 quake.

"We wish them the very best for the future", said Cueto, LATAM chairman.

A spokesman for the Vatican said the marriage was not planned, but when the Pope heard the couple's story, he asked: "Do you want me to marry you?" Are you sure?' Then the pope said, "Are YOU sure?' I told him, 'Yes!"

However if someone was going to buck the trend, it was going to be Pope Francis, the social media savvy pontiff who has made annulments easier, is agreeable to female deacons and said the Church should apologise for its treatment of gay people.

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

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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". One of the cardinals also signed as a witness. Pope Francis gave the bride a white rosary and the groom a black rosary.

Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, 41, were on board and they started chatting with the Pope, who was travelling from Santiago to the northern city of Iquique in Chile.

"It was something historic, really".

During the flight, the couple approached Pope Francis to request a blessing - since they only had performed the civil ceremony - but the pontiff instead offered to perform the marriage ceremony onboard.

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