Pope Francis Just Married A Flight Attendant Couple In Midair

“He liked us and he asked, ‘Do you want me to marry you?’”

Paula Podest Ruiz and Carlos Ciuffardi Ellorriaga got married in a civil service eight years ago, but after the earthquake that rocked their home country of Chile in 2010, the two flight attendants never got a church ceremony. 

Pope Francis, however, made it worth the wait. 

When Paula and Carlos both worked the pontiff's flight from Santiago to Iquique on Jan. 18, he married them right there on the plane.

Paula and Carlos work for LATAM, Chile's flagship airline, and attended to the Pope as he headed for Iquique to celebrate mass with the Chilean city's growing population of immigrants. (The head of the Roman Catholic church has been addressing immigration a lot lately — in addition to his messages of support for refugees, environmentalism, and world peace efforts.)

The couple started chatting the Pope up after they sat next to him for a group photo, CNN reports.

"We told him that we are husband and wife, that we have two daughters, and that we would have loved to receive his blessing," Carlos told the 70 or so reporters on the plane, per The Associated Press. "All of a sudden he asked us if we were married in the church, too."

They were supposed to back in 2010, but the earthquake severely damaged the church where they would have exchanged vows, and they had to cancel the ceremony.

"He liked us and he asked, 'Do you want me to marry you?'" Carlos, 41, added. "He asked: 'Are you sure?' 'Yes, of course!' we said."

And so the Pope did just that, with a Vatican official whipping up a handwritten marriage certificate and the head of the airline service as the witness.

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

Paula told the reporters the Pope even offered the newlyweds some advice. "The wedding rings shouldn't be too tight, because they'll torture you, but if they're too loose, they'll fall off. So we have to be careful," the 39-year-old recounted, blushing.

Of course, she and Carlos still had a job to do. Once the plane landed in Iquique, Paula saw the passengers off the plane, saying, "We hope you had a good flight." 

They did tell reporters, however, that they would celebrate the occasion with co-workers in Iquique and then treat themselves to a "tiny honeymoon."


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