Published: Mon, January 22, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Santiago :Omg !Pope Francis performs mid-air marriage

Santiago :Omg !Pope Francis performs mid-air marriage

In the northern border region of Iquique - which he said was "the land of dreams" for so many - the pope hit out at human traffickers and others who seek to take advantage of helpless immigrants.

The couple revealed that they had planned a church wedding in 2010 in the Chilean capital, Santiago, but the church was destroyed in an quake.

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

It's not very often that you get to witness a marriage on a plane and that too, with Pope Francis officiating the same.

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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.

"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", Ciuffardi told reporters later on the plane, according to Reuters.

A spokesman for the Vatican said the marriage was not planned, but when the Pope heard the couple's story, he asked: "Do you want me to marry you?"

A stunned Podest was almost speechless during the remaining hour on the flight as she recounted the story to the 70 or so journalists who travel with the pope on his foreign trips.

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The Pope, Ciuffardi said, asked them "Are you sure, absolutely sure?"

Since they didn't have an official marriage certificate to sign, Pope Francis asked the cardinals with him to draft one, so they grabbed a piece of blank copy paper and each signed their names and what role they played in the ceremony. "So we have to be careful".

"And that's why the marriage works", Ciuffardi said.

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