Mark Wahlberg jokes about ‘Ted’ in front of Pope Francis, says he hopes ‘the …

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Festival of Families.

The Oscar nominee, who is Catholic, served as the master of ceremonies during World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on Saturday, an event attended by Pope Francis during his six-day visit to the United States. After 14-year-old opera singer Bobby Hill performed for the audience, he and Wahlberg shook hands on stage, and the teen told him he was a big fan of “Ted.” Since the 2012 comedy featuring a talking teddy bear is known for its ribald sense of humor, the 44-year-old jokingly sought mercy for the R-rated flick. “Holy Father please forgive me,” Wahlberg said. “I’ve always hoped that the good Lord has a sense of humor when it comes and pertains to many of the movies I’ve made.” Hill, a member of the Keystone State Boychoir, didn’t just make headlines for his exchange with Wahlberg, but also for his stunning a capella performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” at the event.

Wahlberg established the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation with his brother James Wahlberg in May 2001, for the purpose of raising and distributing funds to youth service and enrichment programs specifically for at risk inner city youth. The choir boy revealed to local news station WPVI-TV that due to a last-minute set change, he was chosen to perform the solo only minutes before he took the stage. Built off Mark’s belief that “it’s our turn to help,” the Foundation funds the same types of programs that helped Mark Wahlberg overcome challenges during his youth. The Foundation aspires to reach those children whose dreams and passions are limited due to financial circumstances and provide them with opportunities that allow them to see the value in their education and planning for their future.

The reigning and undisputed “Queen Of Soul” has created an amazing legacy that spans an incredible six decades, from her first recording as a teenage gospel star, to her current RCA Records release, ARETHA FRANKLIN SINGS THE GREAT DIVA CLASSICS. The recipient of the U.S.A.’s highest civilian honor, The Presidential Medal Of Freedom, an eighteen (and counting) Grammy Award winner – the most recent of which was for Best Gospel Performance for “Never Gonna Break My Faith” with Mary J. Blige in 2008 – a Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Living Legend awardee, Aretha Franklin’s powerful, distinctive gospel-honed vocal style has influenced countless singers across multi-generations, justifiably earning her Rolling Stone magazine’s No. 1 placing on the list of “The Greatest Singers Of All Time.” An American rock band from Denver, Colorado, The Fray formed in 2002 by schoolmates Isaac Slade and Joe King.

They achieved success with the release of their debut album, How to Save a Life in 2005, which was certified double platinum by the RIAA and platinum in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Signed to the label since 2005, Miller’s original songs “You’re Not Alone,”“6’2” and “Fall Alone” resonate with listeners in every format from Triple A, Americana, front porch folk to nuegrass to country and classic pop. Since that time she has released two EP’s, Marie Miller (2006) and You’re Not Alone (2013), toured the country, and risen significantly in radio charts.

Miller’s 2013 single “You’re Not Alone” charted at #1 on Billboard Christian Hot AC/CHR Charts with the music video premiering on VH1 and CMT. He is best known for those self-mocking food jokes and for his gentle observations about parenting, the basis of his successful memoirs Dad Is Fat and Food: A Love Story. In his stand-up, he incorporates and often subverts the tropes and traditions of “Christian comedy.” And through his TV Land sitcom, which made its debut this summer, it’s fair to say Gaffigan has cemented his status as America’s top Christian comedian. In 2010, Jackie’s popularity grew wider with her performances in the fifth season of the America’s Got Talent competition, where she finished in second place at the young age of 10. In 2010, Jackie was named the best-selling debut artist of 2010, the youngest top-10 debut artist in US history and the youngest solo artist ever to go platinum in the US.

Today, Sister Sledge remains in the international spotlight and continues to champion and support the importance and value of family while touring and performing to capacity crowds around the world. A mellow and recognizable voice like a signature, which resounds in over eighty million records, a tenor voice ranging from Belcanto to Verismo, Andrea Bocelli has been declared everywhere in the world the testimony of the highest Italian vocal tradition. He has always been committed to spreading messages of positivity, hope, and perseverance at a global level, and in supporting social causes in the area of scientific research, fight against poverty, universality of primary education. With seven solo albums to his credit and multi-platinum sales of over 16 million copies, Juanes is the world’s leading all-Spanish language rock artist – both a two-time GRAMMY and TWENTY-time LATIN GRAMMY winner with ten #1 singles on the Billboard’s Latin charts.

Hailed as “The single most important figure of the past decade in Latin music” (Los Angeles Times), Juanes is also frequently recognized as one of the Spanish-speaking world’s leading social media voices with an online following of 20 million fans. The Colombian superstar’s dedication as a global activist also extends far beyond his passionate lyrics and is seen in his wide ranging charitable work for his own Mi Sangre Foundation and as a co-founder of the “Paz sin Fronteras” (Peace Without Borders) organization, which utilizes music to unite populaces regardless of political or geographic divides and advocates that all people are entitled to the basic human right of peace. In 1973, at the request of President Richard Nixon, the Philadelphians became the first American orchestra to perform in China, representing a bridge for cultural, education, and diplomatic exchange between the People’s Republic and the United States; in September 2014, the Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin performed on the Occasion of the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York; and throughout moments of great triumph and tragedy, has supported the people of Philadelphia with the gift of music. As an institution that brings communities together through forging partnerships across the Delaware Valley, The Philadelphia Orchestra joined the Dialogue Institute at Temple University to present a series of interfaith dialogues in April 2015, as a means of exploring the nature of Bernstein’s MASS and the questions it raises about religion, faith, and peace. Matthew “Matt” Guion Maher is a Canadian contemporary Christian music artist, songwriter, and worship leader originally from Newfoundland, Canada, who later relocated to Tempe, Arizona.

A five time-GRAMMY® nominee, he has garnered multiple radio successes writing and recording songs like “Lord, I Need You,” “Hold Us Together,” “Christ Is Risen,” “All The People Said Amen” and “Your Grace Is Enough.” In 2013, Maher performed on stage with Pope Francis in front of more than 3 million people at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro.

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