The pair, identified by the Associated Press as Carlos Ciuffardi and Paola Podest, had told Francis during the flight that they’d had a civil ceremony but that their religious ceremony was put on hold because a 2010 earthquake in Chile had destroyed their church, according to ANSA.
It was then that Francis decided to perform the wedding. The Vatican told ANSA that the in-flight ceremony was “unexpected.”
Ciuffardi and Podest live together and have two children, according to ANSA.
The wedding came near the end of the pope’s visit to Chile. He will celebrate an open-air Mass on a beach in Iquique before departing for Peru on the last leg of his South America trip.
In general, popes travel on the national carriers of countries visited during trips. So in Chile, Francis is flying with LATAM.
Brian Murphy contributed to this report.