International: Pope marries flight attendants aboard flight in Chile

Thursday, January 18, 2018 - 10:45

Pope Francis has performed the first ever wedding ceremony on board a plane travelling between cities in Chile.

Flight attendants Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, 41, had been married earlier in a civil service but asked the Pope to bless their marriage while they travelled thousands of feet in the air.

The couple had said they were unable to conduct a ceremony in their church in the Chilean capital, Santiago, after it was damaged in an earthquake in 2010.

"Do you want me to marry you?" Pope Francis asked.

He suggested performing the brief ceremony on his short flight from Santiago to the city of Iquique in northern Chile.

The pope then carried out a Catholic wedding service for the couple, lining up the airline's boss, who was also on the plane, as a witness.

A travelling cardinal provided a hand-written religious marriage document on a single sheet of paper, which was signed by the bride, groom, and witness.