Pope Francis Married a Couple on a Chilean Flight

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Pope marries couple mid-flight during Chile visit
 Franco Origlia/Getty Images The pope officiated a seriously memorable wedding for two flight attendants.
Talk about a holy matrimony.

You’ve heard of destination weddings, but an in-flight ceremony? Now, imagine an in-flight wedding officiated by none other than His Holiness, Pope Francis.

Carlos Ciuffardi and Paola Podest, two flight attendants who were working a LATAM Airlines flight from Santiago, Chile, to the northern city of Iquique, planned to marry in February 2010, but their plans were thwarted when their church was ruined by a massive earthquake, CBS News reports. Though the two eventually settled on a civil service, they had not been formally married in the eyes of the Catholic Church—until they met Pope Francis in the friendly skies.

The Pontiff heard the couple’s story during a plane meet-and-greet and then offered to wed Ciuffardi and Podest. He then blessed their rings and performed the service at cruising altitude. “We can’t believe the pope married us,” Carlos told reporters. “A pope has never married anyone on a plane.” As for the legal requirements, the chairman of LATAM served as a witness and a Chilean cardinal on the flight hand-wrote a marriage certificate for the couple. The pope didn’t come empty handed either; Francis gifted the bride a white rosary and the groom a black one. Pope Francis reportedly said, “This is what’s missing in the world, the sacrament of marriage.”

See scenes from the historic moment, below.

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