Everyone remembers their wedding as a special day, but for one couple their nuptials will go down in history. It is the first time a pope has officiated a marriage while flying in an airplane. The couple, Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, and Paula Podest Ruiz, both flight attendants, were introduced to Pope Francis during an international flight to Santiago, Chile. They told him they had planned to get married in a Catholic church but it collapsed in the 2010.
The couple asked Pope Francis if he would bless their marriage (they previously has a civil ceremony) but His Holiness did one better. He offered to perform the ceremony. The surprised couple immediately agreed and the wedding was performed on the plane with a hand written and signed document.
#PopeFrancis marries Paula and Carlos, an air steward and stewardess on board his plane. He performed ceremony after Church they wanted to be married in was destroyed in earthquake. Paperwork was done mid-air. (Pope’s signature bottom right) Photos: @antoniospadaro @inesanma pic.twitter.com/RkOmg3DLPA— Christopher Lamb (@ctrlamb) January 18, 2018
The handwritten marriage certificate signed by Pope Francis.
The Pope gave the couple some words of advice.
This gives new meaning to the “mile high club” - ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) - Pope Francis performs first ever airborne papal wedding, marrying two flight attendants from Chile's flagship carrier— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) January 18, 2018
People offered congratulations to the happy couple.
Wow! Sounds so romantic!! Wish them years full of joy!!!— Paola Montero (@PaolaMo09674056) January 18, 2018
Of course being married by the Pope can have some drawbacks.
Cheers to that happy couple!