Mark Wahlberg lightens up the mood with a TED joke but makes up for it with an apology for the Pope himself directly.
World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia was the largest gathering of Catholic families. The event was a headliner as a live audience attendance reached 40,000 and was entertained by many celebrity guests. Pope Francis and clergy were the guest of honour.
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Among many performances was the performance of a 14 years old Bobby Hill. The boy sang for the Pope in his beautiful voice. At the end of his performance, Mark Wahlberg came and embraced the youngster.
For a minute, it was clear that both were communicating. The 42 year old Oscar nominee then took the stage and called Bobby’s voice beautiful. He compared his voice to an angel singing.
Then Mark joked that he had said in his ear that he loved his movie TED. Mark said that he told him that it really wasn’t appropriate for his age. While the crowd laughed and Marked laughed nervously as well, he turned and apologized to the Pope.
He said that he had always hoped that the Good Lord might have a sense of humour. That much that he would atleast let side the less tasteful movies he had done.
"That right there was truly the voice of an angel," Wahlberg said. "But then he whispered in my ear that he loved the movie Ted, and I told him that was not appropriate for a boy of his age. Holy Father, please forgive me. I've always hoped that the good Lord has a sense of humor when it comes and pertains to many of the movies that I've made."
While the audience in attendance enjoyed the joke, Pope Francis remained unaffected. He did not respond to Mark’s quip or his apology.
The event proceeded with performances by Aretha Franklin, Andrea Boccelli, Juanes, and The Fray. Comedian Jim Gaffigan also sat onstage alongside Pope Francis and Wahlberg.
Pope Francis completed his weeklong visit to the U.S. and Central America on Sunday. The trip included him visiting New York City, Washington and Philadelphia.
He spoke at the White House, led mass at Madison Square Garden and also addressed the United Nation Friday to call for peace and environmental justice. He also met with a variety of other people, including the young, the poor, the sick and even little kids. One was lucky enough to score a selfie!