Actor Mark Wahlberg managed to slip in joke about raunchy comedy Ted while speaking in front of Pope Francis. Wahlberg was serving as the master of ceremonies on Saturday night during the 'World Meeting of Families' event in Philadelphia, which was headlined by the visiting Pontiff.
At the event 14 year old Bobby Hill of the Keystone State Boychoir performed a solo rendition of 'Pie Jesu', while Pope Francis watch on from the stage. After Hill’s performance Wahlberg said, "He whispered in my ear that he liked the movie Ted.’”
"I told him that was not appropriate for his age. Holy Father, please forgive me. I’ve always hoped that the good Lord has a sense of humour when it comes and pertains to many of the movies that I’ve made,” the actor added.
While Wahlberg might seem like an odd choice as host for the event to some, the actor has been very outspoken in the past about his Catholic faith. In 2010 he told the Catholic Hearld, “Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life.”
“The first thing I do when I start my day is, I get down on my hands and knees and give thanks to God. Whenever I go outside of my house, the first thing I do is stop at the church…If I can start my day out by saying my prayers and getting myself focused, then I know I’m doing the right thing.”
Wahlberg also took the opportunity to cheer on the local sports team, shouting "Go Eagles!” as he introduced Herb Lusk, a pastor and former running back for the Philadelphia Eagles. The event also included performances from Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, The Fray and the Philadelphia Orchestra.