Pope Francis Defends Marriage with Impromptu Ceremony 36,000 Feet in The Air

January 18, 2018Jan 18, 2018

One Catholic couple had a dream wedding on Thursday. After all, there's not much more you can ask as a Catholic than being married by the Pope.

But their wedding was a little unorthodox. It took place on a plane 36,000 feet over Chile, reported CNN

Pope Francis married a flight attendant couple. Vatican officials say this marks the first time a pope has married a couple on a papal plane.

The scenario started with a casual conversation. The Pope was placed next to the couple, Paula Podest Ruiz and Carlos Ciuffardi Ellorriaga, during a group photo shoot. The Pontiff started to chat with the couple, who the attendants on the plane that was ferrying the Pope from Santiago to the northern city of Iquique.

During the flight, Pope Francis asked the couple if they were married. They told him they were set to wed when the 2010 Chile earthquake hit, destroying the church where they were to tie the knot.

After the wedding got derailed, the couple were civilly married, and they had two children: Rafaela, 6, and Isabela, 3. They had the legal documents to prove they were married, but they'd never had a formal wedding ceremony before an official of the Church.

The couple didn't ask the Pope to marry them. It was the Vicar of Rome who suggested the impromptu ceremony.

He first asked them, "Are you sure?" They responded, "Okay!"

According to the couple, Pope Francis blessed their rings and then said: "we need a witness."

Ciuffardi asked his boss—the CEO of the airline—to serve as a witness. The Pope then asked his cardinals to draft the paperwork. One cardinal drafted the wedding certificate on a sheet of paper from the airline, and Pope Francis, the couple, and the witness all signed it.

Pope Francis gave the bride a white rosary and the groom a black rosary.

At one point the Pope asked Ciuffardi, "Is she still the boss?" Ciuffardi laughed and answered, "Yes, she is."

Ciuffardi told reporters that the Pope told them, "This is the sacrament that is missing in the world, the sacrament of marriage. I hope this motivates couples around the world to marry."

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