Pope performs first marriage on board a papal flight

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The couple told Francis they had been civilly married, but had not been able to get married in the Church because their parish was destroyed in the massive 8.8 quake that rocked Santiago in 2010.

"He held our hands, blessed the rings, and he married us in the name of God", Ciufardi said.

Pope Francis on Thursday strongly defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up a priest's sexual abuse of minors. They had the intention of carrying out a church ceremony, but the quake which hit southern Chile in March 2010 damaged the venue where they were going to hold the service, so they chose to postpone the marriage.

CWN Editor's Note: Pope Francis officiated at an in-flight wedding ceremony for two flight attendants on his trip from Santiago to Iquique, Chile, on January 18.

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The brief ceremony took place at an altitude of 36,000 feet (11,000 meters) on a two-hour flight taking the pope from the capital Santiago to the northern city of Iquique.

When it was their turn, Ciuffardi and Podest (who are also a couple) approached the Pope together.

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"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.

The couple said they were unable to conduct a ceremony in their church in the Chilean capital, Santiago, after it was damaged in an quake in 2010. And they agreed immediately.

The pair only asked the Argentinian to bless their marriage, but he had other ideas.

Pope Francis has flown over the massive Andes cordillera, visited the poor in several slums and rubbed shoulders with presidents in six visits to Latin America.

"This is what's missing in the world - the sacrament of marriage", the Pope told the couple.

"We hope you had a good flight", the bride said.

Then, the pope asked his cardinals to draft the paperwork, Ciuffardi said.

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