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Mark Wahlberg cracks joke in front of the Pope - and fails spectacularly

Published 28/09/2015 | 14:10

Actor Mark Wahlberg (C) speaks as Pope Francis (L) speaks during the Festival of Families on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Actor Mark Wahlberg (C) speaks as Pope Francis (L) speaks during the Festival of Families on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Actor Mark Wahlberg has made his career on the back of his humour - but Pope Francis is evidently not a fan.

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The Boston native was speaking at the World Meeting of Families event in Philadelphia when he attempted to crack a joke in front of the Pope and other leading members of the clergy.

Actor Mark Wahlberg speaks during the Festival of Families on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Actor Mark Wahlberg speaks during the Festival of Families on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

A 14-year-old aspiring opera star named Bobby Hill was tasked with singing at the event.

After Bobby's performance, Mark embraced him and congratulated him on his stellar performance.

The 42-year-old actor returned to the microphone and attempted to crack a joke about what happened during their embrace.

"That right there was truly the voice of an angel," he said. "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."

Actor Mark Wahlberg (C) speaks as Pope Francis (L) speaks during the Festival of Families on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Actor Mark Wahlberg (C) speaks as Pope Francis (L) speaks during the Festival of Families on September 26, 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Pope Francis remained in his seat, stony faced, as the joke went above his head.

Either the religious leader hadn't seen the adult comedy, or didn't find it funny because he sat there expressionless.

A child reaches out to touch the Pope's face during a parade to celebrate mass in Philadelphia (AP)
A child reaches out to touch the Pope's face during a parade to celebrate mass in Philadelphia (AP)

At least some of the 40,000-strong crowd rewarded Mark with some laughs.

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