Pope marries flight attendants in mid-air wedding

22 January, 2018, 02:21 | Author: Miranda Cannon
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However they were unable to conduct a sacramental marriage ceremony in their church in Santiago after it was damaged in an quake in 2010.

At that moment, the pope surprised the couple with offering to marry them right there on the plane.

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. Pope asked them if they were married and the steward and stewardess said that they had civil union eight years ago, but never married before an official of the church.

"We told him that we are husband and wife, that we have two daughters and that we would have loved to receive his blessing", Mr Ciuffardi said.

Quick marriages in non-traditional settings may be de regueur in Las Vegas, but the Catholic Church usually prefers couples to be married in a church, preferably after a six-month Pre-Cana course. Ciuffardi turned around and asked his boss, the CEO of the airline, to serve as witness.Then the Pope asked his cardinals to draft the paperwork, Ciuffardi said.


She said Francis offered a bit of advice to the not-so-newlyweds: "The wedding rings shouldn't be too tight, because they'll torture you, but if they're too loose, they'll fall off".

The couple explained their situation to Pope Francis, and asked if he could bless their marriage.

A Vatican official hastily drew up an official, albeit handwritten marriage certificate, stating that the two had consented to the sacrament of marriage on January 18 and that Francis had celebrated the marriage "aboard the papal plane from Santiago to Iquique".

Pope Francis brought his motorcade to a halt to check on a police officer who fell from her rearing horse along the route.

"We hope you had a good flight", the bride said.

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