Chile: Pope marries flight attendants at 36,000 feet

SOT, Carlos Ciuffardi, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «A journalist had asked me 'are you going to marry?.' You know how security and protocol works. Nobody even had mentioned it. It was something that went out from the middle. But when the coincidence happened, of us taking a crew group photo with the Pope, and he inviting us to sit next to him...» SOT, Paula Podest, Flight... Еще attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «We started chatting with him.» SOT, Carlos Ciuffardi, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «And there came the moment. It was like that, it was his idea. I don't know if anyone has said anything to him, because we don't know. But it was his idea. He said 'I'll marry you, let's do it.'» SOT, Carlos Ciuffardi, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «It was a sheet of paper from the airline. He signed an airline paper.» SOT, Carlos Ciuffardi, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «She said yes. She was my boss when I started to work here.» SOT, Paula Podest, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «When we started our engagement I was his boss. And as I said before, I am still his boss.» SOT, Carlos Ciuffardi, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «He [Pope Francis] asked it. 'Is she still the boss?' Yes she is. And this is why it works. We have two daughters, Rafaela and Isabela. Rafaela is six and Isabela is three.» SOT, Journalist (Spanish): «And how are you going to celebrate?» SOT, Carlos Ciuffardi, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «Now we are going to descend the plane and we'll stay in Iquique. or crew will take him [Pope Francis] to Lima. Therefore we will have until tomorrow to celebrate in Iquique.» SOT, Paula Podest, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «We will celebrate with our co-workers.» SOT, Paula Podest, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «He also told us that we shouldn't wear the rings too tight, because that would be torture. But if we wore them too lose, they would fall down. Therefore we should wear them with caution.» SOT, Carlos Ciuffardi, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «Yes, it was emotional. Imagine that.» SOT, Paula Podest, Flight attendant married by Pope Francis (Spanish): «So we are very happy. I am not talking a lot because I am still in a state of shock. But we are very happy and excited. The Pope married two flight attendants in a mid-air wedding on a plane during his trip to Chile on Thursday. Bride Paula Podest and groom Carlos Ciuffardi said «I do» after Francis agreed to conduct the ceremony on the flight from Santiago to Iquique. They had been married in a civil service in 2010 but had been unable to follow up with a church ceremony because of the Feb. 27, 2010, earthquake that rocked Chile. The wedding certificate was drafted and signed on an airline sheet of paper. Vatican officials stated the episode marked the first time a pontiff ever married a couple on a papal plane.

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