Pope Francis conducts first marriage on papal flight

The Catholic leader, Pope Francis, has for the first time conducted his first wedding for a steward and stewardess aboard the papal flight.

Pope Francis conducts first marriage on papal flight

The flight was between two Chilean cities on Thursday.

The couple, Paula Podest Ruiz, 39, and Carlos Ciuffardi Elorriga, 41, had their civil union eight years ago but requested the pope for a religious ceremony which they never had in 2010 because their parish church in Santiago was heavily damaged in an earthquake.

Pope Francis conducts first marriage on papal flight

The Pope who considered it an honour blessed the couple’s union.

Ciuffardi told reporters; “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 for the Church too.”

He added: “He liked us and he asked: ‘Do you want me to marry you?’ He asked: ‘Are you sure?,’

“‘Yes of course,’ we said.”

Pope Francis conducts first marriage on papal flight

Also aboard was the president of Latam airlines, Ignacio Cueto.

Podest added: “Being married by a pope on board a flight is something priceless.

“I asked him: ‘Do you marry people?’ He said: ‘Yes, from time to time. I have married 40 couples. But never has a pope married somebody on a flight,” she said.

Confirming the union, the Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, said: “Everything is valid. Everything is official.”