Pope Francis tosses script and lifts up families

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Mark Wahlberg Jokes About ‘Ted,’ Asks Pope To Forgive Him.

Sept. 26, 2015: Actor Mark Wahlberg speaks as Pope Francis is seated nearby during the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, Pool) PHILADELPHIA – Within an hour of the start of a festival headlined by Pope Francis, Mark Wahlberg 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.” 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. Wahlberg wasn’t just lending some extra star power to the event — he is someone who has said, “Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life.” Of course, he is also someone who has called Tom Brady “a great American hero,” which makes sense, given that Wahlberg is from Boston.

While introducing Herb Lusk, a former Eagles running back who became a pastor, Wahlberg finished his remarks with, “Go Eagles.” Tale a look: Of course, Wahlberg does have a reasonably strong connection to the Eagles, given that he played local hero Vince Papale (an apt name for Saturday’s events) in the 2006 film, “Invincible.” But he may have to perform a penance or two for his fellow New England fans, especially before the Patriots play the Eagles on Dec. 6.

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