Pope Francis performed an impromptu wedding for two flight attendants aboard the papal flight on his journey to Chile and Peru, the first marriage of its kind.

The Pontiff married Paola Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi after they had told him that they had been married in a civil service but had did not have the chance to perform the Sacrament of Matrimony because of an earthquake that had rocked their home country days before they were to go to the church.

Francis offered to marry the couple on the spot on the spot, and they happily agreed.

Pope kissed their wedding rings and asked for a witness. The CEO of the airline served as the witness and Cardinals traveling with Francis handwrote the marriage certificate.

After the Pope, the couple and their witness signed the document, Francis handed the bride a white rosary and the groom a black one.

The groom, Ciuffardi recounted that the pope told them: “This is the sacrament that is missing in the world, the sacrament of marriage. May this motivate others to get the sacrament of marriage. I’ll do it for this reason.”


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