During a festival in Philadelphia headlined by Pope Francis, Actor Mark Wahlberg had made a joke about his raunchy movie “Ted.”
The actor was master of ceremonies Saturday night while Francis sat on stage to hear from families and musical performances at the “World Meeting of Families” event.
After Bobby Hill, 14, of the Keystone State Boychoir performed an opera solo, he told Wahlberg that he liked his performance in the movie about an angry talking teddy bear.
“He whispered in my ear that he liked the movie ‘Ted,'” Wahlberg said. “I told him that was not appropriate for his age. Holy Father, please forgive me.”
Wahlberg, an Oscar-nominated actor has said he attends church daily. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that he goes to church twice on Sundays.
“Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life,” Wahlberg told the Catholic Herald. The Boston-born actor, who also played Vince Papale in “Invincible,” a film about a real-life walk-on who signed with the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1970s, also gave a “Go Eagles!” cheer from the stage.
He introduced performances by Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, The Fray, the Philadelphia Orchestra and others.
Bobby, a soprano from Philadelphia, sang “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber. He presented Francis with a rock that the choir brought back from its trip to Antarctica.
His choir and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir later performed with Colombian recording artist Juanes.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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