Young Singer to Mark Wahlberg on Papal Stage: I Loved You in ‘Ted’

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.

“That right there was truly the voice of an angel. But then 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.''

Wahlberg added that, "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."

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.

He is an aspiring opera singer who has performed in Italy and with Opera Philadelphia, according to the Keystone State Boychoir.

His choir and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir later performed with Juanes.

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