In a recent announcement, the World Meeting of Families revealed the additional presence of three celebrity figures for the Festival of Families. First, comedian Jim Gaffigan will headline a pre-event show. Then, during the main event, renown singer Aretha Franklin will perform with the alternative band The Fray for Pope Francis. Finally, to top things off, popular film star Mark Wahlberg will be hosting the entire event. Other notable entertainment figures for the festival include Jackie Evancho, Matt Maher, Marie Miller, Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and The Philadelphia Orchestra.
The Madison Square Garden Mass will also be preceded by a line of entertainment. Prior to the Mass, a two-hour show with prayer and devotional music will be performed by stars including Harry Connick Jr., Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Hudson, Kelli O’Hara, Martin Sheen, James (D Train) Williams and Norm Lewis. The Broadway Inspirational Voicesand the St. Charles Borromeo Choir will also sing. The event will also include the recitation of the rosary and the sacrament of reconciliation.
- Photo Credit: Original Wahlberg photo by Official U.S. Marine Corps’ Flickr site CC BY NC-2.0
Original Gaffigan photo by meltsley CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0