Pope performs first marriage on board a papal flight

He liked us and he asked, 'Do you want me to marry you?' " Carlos went on gushing, "He told me it's historic, that there has never before been a pope who married someone aboard a plane". The couple, bride Paula Podest and groom Carlos Ciuffardi, told the pope that they had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to have a church ceremony because of the February 27, 2010, natural disaster that rocked Chile.

The couple explained to the pope how the 2010 natural disaster had damaged the church they had hoped to marry in.

"We have received the best possible wedding gift and we are very lucky", said Ruiz. "I am one with my brother bishops, for it is right to ask forgiveness and make every effort to support the victims, even as we commit ourselves to ensuring that such things do not happen again", the pope said.

Francis formally joined in the matrimony of 41-year-old Carlos Ciuffardi and Paula Podest, 39, who have two children and are both flight attendants.

The pope said yes and he performed a brief ceremony in the front of the plane. It was a simple Catholic ceremony with the Pope officiating, and the chairman of LATAM who was also on the flight, acting as a witness.

Pope Francis came to the rescue of a policewoman who was thrown from her rearing horse in the town of Iquique in Chile today.

The Papal entourage in Chile was making its way on a LATAM Airlines flight for an open-air mass in Iquique when the holiest man in Christianity struck up a conversation with the flight attendants on board.

"We had a short and small ceremony".

Podest told reporters and the pope that the couple had met on a flight when she was his boss, adding, "I am still his boss".

  • Joey Payne