While posing with the pontiff and the rest of the crew for an official picture before departing Santiago for Iquique, Chile, flight attendants Carlos Ciuffardi and Paola Podest -- a couple of over 10 years who met while working for Chilean airline LATAM -- were asked by the pope if they were married. They explained that they'd been civilly married since 2010, but hadn't been married in the church yet because days before they were scheduled to, an earthquake destroyed the church where they planned to wed. Then the Pope popped the question: Would they like him to marry them right then and there on the plane?
So, as the papal plane was wheels-up to Iquique, the leader of the Catholic Church performed a brief ceremony while an airline executive serviced as the official witness and a hand-drafted license was signed by a Chilean bishop also onboard. It was the first time any couple had ever been married by a pope on a plane. Francis also gave them each a wedding gift: a white rosary for the bride, and a black one for the groom.