Pope Performs Wedding Ceremony For Couple Aboard A Plane. Photos

This is the moment Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, 41, were joined together in matrimony at 36,000ft in a ceremony officiated by the Pope himself. The pair were working on board an aircraft taking Francis from Santiago to Iquique during his three-day visit to the country when the magical moment happened.

Ruiz and Elorriga were married in a civil ceremony eight years ago, and had been planning a religious ceremony at their parish church, near Santiago.

But their plans were ruined when the church was destroyed in an 8.8 magnitude earthquake which also triggered a tsunami, killing 500 in total.

While Pope Francis was on board on Thursday the pair asked him to bless the union, prompting him to ask: ‘Are you married?’

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When they explained the situation, he followed up by asking if they wanted to get married, according to NCR.

‘Well, yes, but are you sure?’ the couple asked him. With a smile he responded: ‘Are you sure?’

The couple then stood at the front of the plane while Francis performed the service, witnessed by Ignacio Cueto, the president of LATAM airlines.


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