Pope Francis officiates impromptu wedding of 2 flight attendants in air

Pope Francis pronounced two flight attendants husband and wife in a midair ceremony aboard a Chilean Airlines plane Thursday morning, marking the first time a pope officiated an airborne marriage.

Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi had planned to have the church wedding nearly eight years ago in February 2010, but their plans were put on hold when their church collapsed in a devastating earthquake that rocked Chile.

Podest, 39, and Ciuffardi, 41, had been married in a civil union, but not in a ceremony recognized by the Catholic Church.

When the Pontiff came aboard the LATAM flight from the Chilean capital of Santiago to Iquique, the couple approached him for a picture.

The Pope asked the couple if they were married and they revealed their story.

He then asked if they wanted to be married right then and there on the plane and the couple agreed.

“He told me it’s historic, that there has never before been a pope who married someone aboard a plane,” Ciuffardi told reporters.

The LATAM flight attendants later stood before multiple journalists on the Airbus A321 to talk about their marriage and the excitement involved.

Ciuffardi said 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."

All the bride and groom needed was a witness and a cardinal to draft the marriage.

Fortunately, the Holy Father was accompanied by a Chilean cardinal who produced a handwritten legal document that was formally signed. The witness was Mauricio Amaro, the chairman of LATAM Airlines.

Pope Francis also presented the couple with rosaries, a white one for Podest and a black one for Ciuffardi.

"We can't believe the Pope married us," the groom said. “We have a Vatican document — it's all valid."

LATAM Airlines showed off the couple via Twitter, celebrating the exclusive occasion with tweets from their Chile handle, American handle and general account.

“An emotional day for Paula Podest y Carlos Ciuffardi," the American account tweeted. "They share with us their excitement over their marriage on board.”

https://twitter.com/LATAMAirlines/status/953998986087673857

The couple has two children, Rafaela, 6, and Isabela, 3, according to Time magazine.

The newlyweds plan to celebrate in Iquique for the night in a "tiny honeymoon" before returning to Santiago, CBS News reported.

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A general view shows the Paul VI audience hall where Pope Francis welcomes 500 people in need and those who assist them to have lunch, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated a mass today to mark the first World Day of the Poor. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
SAINT PETER'S BASILICA, VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - 2017/11/19: Pope Francis celebrates a mass on the occasion of the first World Day of the Poor in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Vatican on November 19, 2017. On Sunday morning in St. Peters Basilica, four thousand poor and needy people, accompanied by volunteers from Italy, France, Spain, Brussels, Luxembourg and Poland take part in a Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. (Photo by Giuseppe Ciccia/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Pope Francis (R) speaks with people around a table at the Paul VI audience hall where 500 people in need and those who assist them will have lunch, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated a mass today to mark the first World Day of the Poor. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis (R) delivers a speech at the Paul VI audience hall where 500 people in need and those who assist them will have lunch, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated a mass today to mark the first World Day of the Poor. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Pope Francis (R) arrives at the Paul VI audience hall where 500 people in need and those who assist them will have lunch, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated a mass today to mark the first World Day of the Poor. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
A general view shows the Paul VI audience hall where Pope Francis (top C) welcomes 500 people in need and those who assist them to have lunch, on November 19, 2017 in Vatican. Pope Francis celebrated a mass today to mark the first World Day of the Poor. / AFP PHOTO / Vincenzo PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Pope Francis arrives for a lunch with the poor following a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis speaks before sharing a lunch with the poor following a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis leads a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Cardinals and bishops attend a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor led by Pope Francis (not pictured) in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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Cardinals and bishops attend a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor led by Pope Francis (not pictured) in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis leads a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
Pope Francis has lunch with the poor following a special mass to mark the new World Day of the Poor in Paul VI's hall at the Vatican, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi
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