January 19, 2018 12:34 am
And as a finalgesture to cap a most remarkable day even by Franciscan standards, the 81-year-old Argentine set off a near-national uproar by accusing victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile priest of slander.
The crew of Chile’s flagship carrier was gathering in the first-class section for the usual photo with the pope when flight attendants Paula Podest and Carlos Ciuffardi revealed that they were a marriedcouple. Francis motioned for them to sit next to him for the photo and asked if they had been married in the church.
“He told me it’s historic, that there has neverbefore been a pope who marriedsomeoneaboard a plane,” the 41-year-old groom told journalists aboard the flightafter he exchanged his “I do’s” with his beaming bride.
Ciuffardi said the pope also 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.”
“We told him that we are husband and wife, that we have two daughters and that we would have loved to receive his blessing,” Ciuffardi said. “All of a sudden he asked us if we were married in the church, too.”
A Vaticanofficial then hastily drew up an official, albeit handwritten, marriage certificate, stating that the two had consented to the sacrament of marriage on Jan. 18, 2018, and that Francis had blessed it “aboard the papalplane from Santiago to Iquique.”
“And that’s why the marriage works,” Ciuffardi said.
An hour after the impromptu ceremony, after the flight attendants had passed through the cabin with breakfast trays of fruit cups and warmed croissants, coffee and tea, the plane landed in Iquique and the happycouple bid the passengers farewell.
“We hope you had a good flight,” Podest said.
The Argentinepope, who has frequently called on wealthycountries to welcomemigrants and refugees, praised Iquique for having been a “land of dreams” for so many newcomers. And he urgedChile to continue to be a place of hospitality, employment and justice, especially for migrants, who are often exploited.
“Let us be attentive to the lack of steady employment, whichdestroyslives and homes,” he said. “Let us be attentive to those who profit from the irregular status of many immigrants who don’t know the language or who don’t have theirpapers in order.”
After the Mass, as his entourage headed back to Iquique, Francis had a scare when a police horse reared up just as his popemobile was passing by, throwing the rider and forcing the pope’s driver to swerve slightly to get out of the way.
It was the second such incident in recent months. Francis got a black eye in Cartagena, Colombia, in September when his popemobile stopped short and he hit his head on the side rail. He cut his eyebrow and wore a cassock stained with a few drops of blood for the rest of the day.
Francis has insisted on using minimally covered popemobiles on his foreignvisits so he can be close to his flock. But Thursday’s incidentagain underscored his vulnerability in the open-sided vehicles that often pass throughtight, crowded spaces.
Earlier in the trip, Francis was hit in the head with a flying object that someone in the crowd had thrown toward him. He wasn’t hurt, and the Vaticanlaterrevealed the offending object: A rolled up canvas hat with the words “Pray for the Chilean family.”
Francis’ visitthough ended on a sour note for many in Chile, as he was asked by a Chilean reporterabout his controversialdecision to appoint a bishopaccused of helping keep quietabout the crimes of Chile’s most prominentsexual abuser, the Rev. Fernando Karadima.2018, aboard, about, accused, actually, after, again, against, among, another, appoint, argentine, asked, beachside, because, before, bell, between, bishop, black, blood, called, cancellation, carlos, carrier, case, celebrate, celebrated, ceremony, check, children, chile, christian, church, civil, close, coffee, colombia, continue, controversial, could, countries, couple, crimes, cut, dating, decision, described, destroys, diego, drops, during, earthquake, erase, explained, fallen, field, final, first, flight, flock, follow, followed, forcing, foreign, fortunate, francis, fruit, gathering, gesture, government, happy, headed, helping, historic, husband, immigrants, incident, justice, landing, language, later, least, likely, lives, loose, love, marriage, married, marries, migrant, migrants, missing, months, moved, never, northern, object, offered, officer, official, others, papal, papers, passengers, passing, people, photo, place, plan, plane, police, political, pope, press, professor, profit, prominent, proof, proposal, purpose, quake, quiet, real, receive, received, refugees, reporter, rescue, return, revealed, rights, santiago, saying, scare, science, second, september, served, service, sexual, short, someone, speak, started, status, still, story, sudden, taken, their, there, thing, those, though, through, throwing, thursday, tight, torture, toward, tower, town, travel, trips, university, until, uproar, urged, using, vatican, victims, visit, visits, wealthy, wedding, welcome, which, words, work, world, would, years
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