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Pope marries couple on flight during Chilean trip

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They'd been unable to follow it with a church wedding, but had been unable to because it had been destroyed by an earthquakr.

Carlos Ciuffradi and Paula Podest, flight attendants who were formallly joined in matrimony by Pope Francis. "I am one with my brother bishops, for it is right to ask forgiveness and make every effort to support the victims, even as we commit ourselves to ensuring that such things do not happen again", the pope said. That we have two daughters and that we would have loved to receive his blessing. All of a sudden he asked us if we were married in the church, too. 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.

According to journalists traveling with the Pope, the couple - Paula Podesta and Carlos Ciuffardi - went to the Pope during the January 18 flight to ask for his blessing. Are you sure?' Then the pope said, "Are YOU sure?' I told him, 'Yes!"

Ignacio Cueto, chairman of Latam Airlines, acted as a witness, while a travelling cardinal provided a hand-written religious marriage document on a sheet of paper.

Referring to the rings, Francis jested that they shouldn't be too tight, because "they would be a torture", nor too loose, because they might lose them.

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Who needs a wedding dress, relatives, guests and a venue when you have got Pope Francis to perform the marriage ceremony?

At the end of the in-flight ceremony, the employees also co-signed a handwritten marriage certificate that bore the pope's signature, "Francis".

Podest said she and Ciuffardi had also explained to Francis that when they first started dating, she was his boss at LATAM.

"We have received the best possible wedding gift and we are very lucky", said Ruiz.

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