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  • Pope Francis married two flight attendants on a papal flight from Santiago to Iquique, Chile on January 18.
  • Carlo Ciuffardi Elorriga and Paula Podest Ruiz had a civil marriage already.
  • But they missed the religious service because of an earthquake in 2010.
  • A video of the shell-shocked and excited couple emerged of them telling journalists how the story unfolded.

Pope Francis married two airline employees in an impromptu midair wedding during a flight from Santiago to Iquique, Chile.

Carlo Ciuffardi Elorriga and Paula Podest Ruiz, who work for the airline Latam, were doing a shift as cabin crew when the unplanned ceremony took place.

It began when Francis found out that they had been married in a civil ceremony in 2010, but could not go through with their religious ceremony because a 2010 earthquake had damaged the site of their planned ceremony in Santiago.

In a video Elorriga and Ruiz pose for photos, and the surprised groom begins to excitedly tell journalists the story of how it happened.

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“The pope married us, the pope married us,” he said. “He took my hands and said if you want to marry I can marry you.”

“We told him that we are husband and wife. 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 by the church too.

“We couldn’t get married by the church because the day we were supposed to get married (in the religious ceremony) it was the earthquake of 2010. It was a Saturday.”

“He liked us and he asked do you want me to marry you?”

Don Ignacio Cueto, chairman of Latam airlines, stood in as the couple’s witness.

happy couple

“We had a short and small ceremony,” Elorriga told Read More Here