Mark Wahlberg Jokes About Ted with Pope Francis: I Hope the ‘Good Lord Has a …

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Aretha Franklin, Andrew Bocelli, Mark Wahlberg share stage with Pope Francis.

The actor was one of several celebrities who made an appearance at the World Meeting of Families on Saturday in Philadelphia, which was attended by Pope Francis on the tail-end of his six-day tour of the United States. “That was truly the voice of an angel,” the actor said. “But then he whispered in my ear that he loved the movie Ted. PHILADELPHIA – Pope Francis and an admiring throng of thousands enjoyed a little music from the Queen of Soul, Andrew Bocelli and others at the end of his first day in Philadelphia on his first-ever U.S. tour.

Due to a last-minute schedule change at the Festival of Families, a teenage choir member found out that not only would he be performing a solo piece for Pope Francis, but that he would be singing a capella. In between introducing performances by Aretha Franklin, Andrea Boccelli, Juanes, and The Fray, Wahlberg took a moment to ask the pontiff for his forgiveness for Ted. But after watching more than 90 minutes of musical performances and moving testimonies from couples drawn from around the world, Francis stood up about 9:30 p.m. and set aside his prepared script, which focused on the economic hardships that undermine families. “Some of you might say, of course, ‘Father, you speak like that because you’re not married!’” Francis said with a laugh, anticipating objections to a celibate Catholic priest preaching to an audience of families. “Families have difficulties,” the Argentine pope continued, speaking in Spanish that was simultaneously translated by an aide. “In families, we quarrel. Holy Father, please forgive me.” 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. “You know what, I think that Tim Cook and I probably both went a little too far. The festival included song, prayer and testimonials from people from different continents on the joys and challenges of family life, including an Argentine couple celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.

After each family spoke, the pope greeted and spoke with them, and later addressed the crowd at length about the importance of families, urging people to take special care of children and grandparents. “In the family, there are difficulties, but those difficulties are overcome with love,” he said through an interpreter. “Love is about celebration, love is joy, love is moving forward.” Wahlberg credited his Catholic faith and a parish priest for turning him around after a rough upbringing in Boston that included cocaine addiction and a series of racially motivated attacks as a teenager. “I attribute all of my success to my Catholic faith,” he told the crowd. “My faith has given me the ability to be a good father, a good husband and most importantly a good person.” Franklin, best known for her hit “Respect,” performed “Amazing Grace.” The 73-year-old had said earlier she planned to present Francis with a gift: a box set of sermons by her father, civil rights activist and preacher C.L. Children bring headaches.” “And children, yes, children bring their challenges,” he continued. “And they are also the cause of work and worry. The apology follows Sorkin’s response to Cook’s comment that branded movies like Steve Jobs starring Michael Fassbender as the late Apple co-founder, were “opportunistic”. She later came out and performed “Nessun Dorma” from the opera “Turandot,” which she intended as a surprise, but the pope had left by the time of her encore. 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.” According to an eyewitness, the Lone Survivor star’s joke didn’t receive a response from the Pope.

However, 34-year-old Kim is not quite ready to relinquish her title yet and claimed Kylie still has a little way to go before she matches her level of fame. Kim and Kylie appeared together on a vlog, entitled You’re in Bed With Kim and Kylie, which was posted on Kylie’s recently-launched website on Thursday. Before Francis’ arrival, Sister Sledge performed a special rendition of the hit “We Are Family,” adding another gender to proclaim, “I’ve got all my sisters and my brothers with me,” and referring to Jesus as “the way, the truth, the light.” Comedian Jim Gaffigan also entertained the crowd before the pope’s arrival. The 49-year-old Gaffigan attends Mass weekly with his wife and five children and regularly references his Catholicism in his stand-up and on his TV Land sitcom.

The spontaneous talk, however, also reflected his prepared speech, which highlighted the challenges families face as they try to do their best, even when they falter. Love is something we learn; love is something we live; love grows as it is ‘forged’ by the concrete situations which each particular family experiences. … This is a great legacy that we can give to our children, a very good lesson: We make mistakes, yes; we have problems, yes. It is understandable that, when these parents return home, they are so weary that they cannot give their best to their children,” he said, citing a litany of ways that American society fails families.

Nor did the pontiff bemoan the growth of divorce or cohabitation or point to rampant secularization or slackening sexual mores as the reasons that traditional family life is facing difficulties. We cannot think that a society has a future when it fails to pass laws capable of protecting families and ensuring their basic needs, especially those of families just starting out,” the pope said in his prepared remarks. “How many problems would be solved if our societies protected families and provided households, especially those of recently married couples, with the possibility of dignified work, housing and healthcare services to accompany them throughout life.” The pope’s talk was unlikely to reassure social conservatives who have decried his unwillingness to follow their playbook, or ease concerns of economic conservatives upset at his sharp criticisms of the injustices fostered by modern capitalism. Moreover, in an address earlier Saturday that focused on religious freedom, Francis had another opportunity to endorse the more combative elements of the American bishops’ agenda.

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