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Love in the Air, Literally! Pope Francis weds Couple Mid-Flight ?



Love in the Air, Literally! Pope Francis weds Couple 36,000 Mid-Air

Paula Podest, 39, and Carlos Ciufardi, 41 have been civilly married since 2010, but when the February 27 earthquake of same year damaged the church in which they were due to marry, they didn’t go through with the ceremony.

According to Catholic News Service, the couple, who are both flight attendants for Chile’s LatAm airline, were working in the flight which Pope Francis was travelling in and they walked up to him, explained their story, and requested that he blessed their marriage.

Ciufardi said the pope asked the them, “Well, do you want to get married?”

“I said, ‘Well, yes. Are you sure?’ Then the pope said, “Are YOU sure?’ I told him, ‘Yes! Let’s get married,’” Ciuffardi said. And at 36,000 feet above sea level, the pope officiated the first-ever airborne papal wedding, in a flight from Santiago to Iquique, Chile.

“He told me it’s historic, that there has never before been a pope who married someone aboard a plane,” Ciufardi told journalists in the aisle of the Airbus 321.

Ciufardi said the pope told them: “This is the sacrament that is missing in the world, the sacrament of marriage. May this motivate others to get the sacrament of marriage. I’ll do it for this reason.”

According to ABC, the couple, who have 2 children – Rafaela, 6 and Isabela, 3 – together, plan to take a “mini honeymoon” and return to Santiago on Friday.

See the couple’s marriage license below:

Photo Credit: Twitter – @CatholicNewsSvc


  1. Ybbil

    January 19, 2018 at 10:51 am

    This all shades of sweet you know

  2. aget

    January 19, 2018 at 10:52 am

    Not a fan of the pope, but this cute

    • Benita

      January 19, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      Not a fan,lol.pls

  3. Mama

    January 19, 2018 at 11:41 am

    This is really sweet of the pope. They will treasure that hand written license.

  4. Kkay

    January 19, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    It’s not just because it was blessed by the pope rather representing one’s marriage before God for blessing is the right way to go.
    That’s recognizing that God ordained marriage between man and woman (wife) as a Holy Covenant for all generations as seen Genesis 1 v 28 and 2 vs 23-24.

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