Pope Francis and an admiring throng of thousands enjoyed a little music from Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli and other performers at the end of his first day in Philadelphia on his first-ever U.S. tour.
The Queen of Soul led an all-star lineup at the Festival of Families in Philadelphia, one of the events organized by the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families, which brought Francis to the city after visits in Washington, D.C., and New York.
Folk singer Marie Miller, American rock band The Fray and Columbian pop star Juanes also performed in an event hosted by actor Mark Wahlberg.
Wahlberg credits his Catholic faith and a parish priest for turning him around after a rough upbringing in Boston that included cocaine addiction and a series of racially motivated attacks as a teenager.
"I attribute all of my success to my Catholic faith," he told the crowd. "My faith has given me the ability to be a good father, a good husband and most importantly a good person."
Within an hour of the start of a festival, Wahlberg had already made a joke about his raunchy movie "Ted."
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.
"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."
Before Francis' arrival, Sister Sledge performed a special rendition of the hit "We Are Family" and comedian Jim Gaffigan entertained the crowd. The 49-year-old Gaffigan attends mass weekly with his wife and five children and regularly references his Catholicism in his stand-up and on the "Jim Gaffigan Show," his TV Land sitcom.
Brown's Australia tour in jeopardy
Chris Brown's plans to tour Down Under were in jeopardy on Sunday after the Australian government formally warned the troubled R&B singer that he is likely to be denied a visa because of his criminal conviction for assaulting pop star Rihanna. The immigration department gave Brown 28 days to present evidence as to why he should be allowed to enter the country. Australia isn't the first country to consider rejecting Brown. England, Canada and New Zealand have also refused to give him visas.
Divorcing: "The Big Bang Theory" star Kaley Cuoco is divorcing husband Ryan Sweeting after less than two years of marriage. Cuoco's representative said the actress and the tennis pro have "mutually decided to end their marriage." The couple tied the knot in a New Year's Eve ceremony in 2013.