Mark Wahlberg asks Pope Francis to forgive him for 'Ted'

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Mark Wahlberg, a devout Catholic, asked Pope Francis for forgiveness for his raunchy R-rated comedy "Ted."

The actor-producer made the plea in jest, during an appearance at the World Meeting of Families Saturday in Philadelphia. Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra performed at the event, and Wahlberg served as host.

After 14-year-old Bobby Hill of the Keystone State Boychoir performed an opera solo, he told Wahlberg that he liked his performance in the hit film about a potty-mouthed talking teddy bear.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 26: Actor Mark Wahlberg (C) speaks as Pope Francis (L) speaks during the Festival of Families on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis is wrapping up his trip to the United States with two days in Philadelphia where he will attend the Festival of Families and will meet with prisoners at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: Pope Francis (C) prepares to leave after celebrating Mass during the World Meeting of Families on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis is on the final day of his trip to the United States and will conduct Mass and meet with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families before returning to Rome this evening. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: Pope Francis (C) meets a family as he celebrates Mass during the World Meeting of Families on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis is on the final day of his trip to the United States and will conduct Mass and meet with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families before returning to Rome this evening. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: Pope Francis (C) celebrates Mass during the World Meeting of Families on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis is on the final day of his trip to the United States and will conduct Mass and meet with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families before returning to Rome this evening. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: Pope Francis (C) celebrates mass during the World Meeting of Families on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis wrapped up his United States tour with the World Meeting of Families Papal Mass during on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: Pope Francis celebrates mass during the World Meeting of Families on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis is on the final day of his trip to the United States and will conduct Mass and meet with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families before returning to Rome this evening. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
People listen as Pope Francis speaks during an open-air mass at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on September 27, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the Popemobile during a parade September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis is in Philadelphia for the last leg of his six-day visit to the U.S. (Photo bt Alex Brandon-Pool/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 27: Pope Francis (C) celebrates mass during the World Meeting of Families on September 27, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pope Francis wrapped up his United States tour with the World Meeting of Families Papal Mass during on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Pope Francis kisses a baby as he pauses in popemobile during a parade along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, on his way to celebrate Mass. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
An unidentified child, who was carried from the crowd, touches Pope Francis' face during a parade on his way to celebrate Sunday Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. The pope is in Philadelphia for the last leg of his six-day visit to the United States. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Pope Francis holds the Gospel Book during a Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
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"He whispered in my ear that he liked the movie 'Ted,'" Wahlberg told the Pontiff and the crowd. "I told him that was not appropriate for his age. Holy Father, please forgive me."

Wahlberg didn't get into box office details Saturday night or he might have sought to atone for "Ted 2," this summer's sequel that was a dud commercially.

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On a more serious note, the Pope concluded his six-day visit to the United States on Sunday by meeting with victims of sexual abuse. He spent time with five victims -- three women and two men -- the Vatican said in a statement. All were abused as minors, either by clergy, family members or teachers.

"I hold the stories and the suffering and the sorrow of children who were sexually abused by priests deep in my heart," the Pontiff told the victims. "I remain overwhelmed with shame that men entrusted with the tender care of children violated these little ones and caused grievous harm. I am profoundly sorry. God weeps."

The Pope also visited the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia, and told the inmates that confinement was not the same thing as exclusion.

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