Mark Wahlberg Asked the Pope to Forgive Him for His Ted Movies


To begin wrapping his historic Stateside visit, Pope Francis on Saturday night dropped by the Festival of Families in Philadelphia. Mark Wahlberg (yep, really) emceed the proceedings for the event — a worldwide Catholic gathering that focuses on community and this year included an extra star-studded lineup of musical performances — and took the opportunity to indulge in the sacrament of Reconciliation. For what did he want to atone? The Ted movies of course. Wahlberg told the pontiff he hoped God has a sense of humor — so do we. Possibility for penance: bringing back Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch for their own "Kyrie Eleison"? Your call, Pope.

Religious politics aside, it was a big pop-culture week for Francis, who also received a nifty Rocky tribute, announced he'd spread the Good News with a prog-rock album titled Wake Up!, and got his own special Aretha Franklin mini-concert:

Until next time, Francis. For more Pope coverage, head here.