BLESSED!Pope marries couple mid-flight after earthquake damages their local church

BLESSED!

Pope marries cabin crew couple mid-flight after they told him they weren’t able to wed because their local church was destroyed in an earthquake

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

THIS is the heartwarming moment Pope Francis performed a wedding ceremony for two flight attendants on board a plane travelling between cities in Chile.

The pontiff stepped in after Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, 41, explained how their planned ceremony could not go ahead – because their local church in Santiago had been heavily damaged in the country's 2010 earthquake.

 Love is in the air: Pope Francis performs a mid-flight ceremony for cabin crew Paula Podest Ruiz and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga

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Love is in the air: Pope Francis performs a mid-flight ceremony for cabin crew Paula Podest Ruiz and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga

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

He asked the couple: "Do you want me to marry you?"

The Pope then performed a brief ceremony at 36,000ft at the front of the plane.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke confirmed:“Everything is valid. Everything is official.

 Groom Carlos Ciuffardi celebrates by kissing his wife at 36,000 ft

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Groom Carlos Ciuffardi celebrates by kissing his wife at 36,000 ft
 I do: passengers watch as the pontiff performs the ceremony

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I do: passengers watch as the pontiff performs the ceremony
 The Pope gave the bride a white rosary and the groom a black rosary

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The Pope gave the bride a white rosary and the groom a black rosary

“We will show you a picture of the document later.”

According to the couple, during the ceremony, Pope Francis blessed their rings and then said: "We need a witness."

Carlos turned around and asked his boss, the CEO of the airline, to do the job.

The Pope asked his cardinals to draft the paperwork, he said.

 In-flight announcement: the couple explain to passengers how their planned wedding was cancelled after an earthquake damaged their local church in Santiago

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In-flight announcement: the couple explain to passengers how their planned wedding was cancelled after an earthquake damaged their local church in Santiago
 A chuffed Carlos heads back to work after getting hitched in a mid-flight ceremony performed by Pope francis

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A chuffed Carlos heads back to work after getting hitched in a mid-flight ceremony performed by Pope francis

One cardinal aboard the flight drafted the wedding certificate on a sheet of paper from the airline by hand.

The document was signed by Pope Francis, the couple and the witness.

The pontiff gave the bride a white rosary and the groom a black rosary.

The flight was provided by Latin America's largest airline, Latam, and the journey forms part of the pontiff's tour of Chile.

On Wednesday, Pope Francis visited the city of Temuco in Chile's southern Araucania region, where he called for unity in one of the country's longest-running conflicts.

In a public address, the pontiff said that "destructive violence" between the indigenous Mapuche people and the state


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