That one time when Mark Wahlberg made a Ted joke to the Pope

  • AP
  • Updated: Sep 27, 2015 14:17 IST

Within an hour of the start of a festival headlined by Pope Francis, former rapper and underwear model Mark Wahlberg, who has also played a porn-star, already had made a joke about his raunchy movie Ted.

The actor was the 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.”

Actor Mark Wahlberg speaks as Pope Francis (L, rear) attends the Festival of Families rally in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania September 26, 2015. (REUTERS)

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.

Watch the red-band trailer for Ted here

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