Pope Francis marries two flight attendants on papal plane

Pope Francis marries two flight attendants on papal plane

They'd been unable to follow it with a church wedding, but had been unable to because it had been destroyed by an earthquakr.

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

Bride Paula Podest, 39, and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, 41, said "I do" after telling Francis that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to follow up with a church ceremony because of the February 27, 2010, quake that rocked Chile.

According to Ciuffardi, who spoke briefly with journalists after the ceremony, the Pope asked the couple if they were married yet, and when they explained why they hadn't been married in the Church, he said "do you want to get married?"

"We always wanted to get married in the eyes of the church and it was something that was pending, but we never thought it would be the Pope that would do it".

The Pope, Ciuffardi said, asked them "Are you sure, absolutely sure?" Ciuffardi laughed and answered, "Yes, she is."The hand-written wedding certificate, signed by Pope Francis.Ciuffardi told reporters that the Pope told them, "This is the sacrament that is missing in the world, the sacrament of marriage".

According to journalists traveling with the Pope, the couple - Paula Podesta and Carlos Ciuffardi - went to the Pope during the January 18 flight to ask for his blessing. Ciuffardi then asked Ignacio Cueto, the CEO of the airline, to become the witness.

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.

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