Pope Francis Married These Two Flight Attendants in an Adorable Midair Ceremony

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Getting married can be stressful. Sure, you’re in love and can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with your partner, but then the dread of planning comes into play. You’ve got menus and DJs and debates about whether you should invite your weird old uncle to the ceremony! It’s a lot and most times, the romance can get sucked right out of it.

But then you hear stories of people getting married spontaneously and it’s so beautiful you can hardly keep it together. Like these two flight attendants, who were married on the spot by Pope Francis, mid-flight. We hope you have your tissues ready for this adorable and perfectly spontaneous wedding story.

The couple has two children together, ages 3 and 6. They’re both LATAM flight attendants, and decided to get hitched from over 30,000 feet in the air!


Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi asked the pope for his blessing. 
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“All of a sudden he asked us if we were married in the church, too,” Ciuffardi explained.  Hey, when the pope asks you that question, you answer! Though I would be a little stressed about it, quite honestly.


“He liked us and he asked, ‘Do you want me to marry you?’” Ciuffardi explained. “He asked: ‘Are you sure?’ ‘Yes, of course!’ we said.”
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By a Vatican official, no less. Sometimes, it really is the simplest things that are the most beautiful. So has the pope done this before?


“He told me it’s historic, that there has never before been a pope who married someone aboard a plane,” Ciuffardi said
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Ciuffardi  said the pope had words for the couple: “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.”


“The wedding rings shouldn’t be too tight, because they’ll torture you, but if they’re too loose, they’ll fall off. So we have to be careful.”

Imagine this being your parents’ wedding story. How will anyone ever top that?

Also, they basically got paid to get married since they were on the clock, which is pretty amazing. Congrats to the “newlyweds”!