Pope Francis marries couple aboard aircraft …

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The couple told Francis they had been civilly married, but said they had not been able to get married in the Church because their parish was destroyed in the massive 8.8 natural disaster that rocked Santiago in 2010.

The couple, bride Paula Podest and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, told the pope that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to have a church ceremony because of the February 27, 2010, quake that rocked Chile.

Ciuffardi said the pope asked the couple, "Well, do you want to get married?"

"He told me it's historic, that there has never before been a pope who married someone aboard a plane", Ciuffardi told journalists.




"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. "All of a sudden, he asked us if we were married for the Church too", said Ciuffardi as quoted by ANI. Are you sure?' Then the pope said, "Are YOU sure?' I told him, 'Yes!" Very exciting. What he told us was very important: he told us "this is the sacrament that the world needs, the sacrament of marriage".

Mr Ciuffardi said during conversation with the Pope he mentioned they were not married in a church and the pope generously offered to help bless their 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. Ignacio Cueto, owner of the airline company, LATAM, was a witness in the ceremony. 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".

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

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