Mark Wahlberg reportedly tried out a little comedy routine onstage at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia over the weekend, where Pope Francis held court, and while he got some laughs from the audience he wasn’t able to elicit one from the religious leader.
After opera-singing teen Bobby Hill performed and left the stage, Wahlberg said, “That right there was truly the voice of an angel. But then he whispered in my ear that he loved the movie Ted, and I told him that was not appropriate for a boy of his age. Holy Father, please forgive me. 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.”
But according to E! News, Pope Francis either didn’t get the joke or didn’t find it all that funny.
Wahlberg was on hand for the event to lend support to the Catholic Church, which he has been faithful to since he was a kid. The actor and musician told the Catholic Herald in 2010 that he is a deeply spiritual person and always makes time for prayer.
“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. The kids will be mad with me. ‘Daddy! It takes too long!’ I’m saying: ‘It’s only 10 minutes and this is something I really need to do,” Mark said.
Pope Francis also spoke at the event, talking about the importance of family and God’s role within the home.
“You know what God likes most? To knock on the doors of families and to find the families who love each other, families who bring up their children to grow and help move forward to create, develop a society of truth, goodness and beauty,” Pope Francis said.