Pope Francis Marries Couple on Papal Flight

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Pope Francis on Thursday performed a midair wedding aboard the papal plane near the end of his trip to Chile.

Two LATAM Airlines flight attendants had mentioned to Francis that they had a civil wedding ceremony in 2010, but were unable to have a religious ceremony after an earthquake destroyed their church that year, the Washington Post reports. Francis asked the couple if they would like him to marry them during the flight.

The wedding, the first of its kind, took place as Francis was flying from Santiago, Chile to the northern city of Iquique.

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Francis then married the airlines attendants, Carlos Ciuffardi and Paola Podest, on the flight.

The Vatican told the Italian news service ANSA that the in-flight wedding was "unexpected."

The couple lives together, and they have two children.