Franklin To Join Pope In Philly
She joins a lineup of performers that includes host Mark Wahlberg, Jim Gaffigan, The Fray, Andrea Bocelli, Juanes, Marie Miller, Matt Maher, Sister Sledge, and The Philadelphia Orchestra for the event on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The festival is part of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, the first American city to host the meeting since its 1994 inception by then-Pope John Paul II.
“It is indeed a blessing to sing in the presence of His Holiness and to the attendees of the Festival of Families in the City of Brotherly Love,” Franklin said in a statement. “I look forward to this event. Be blessed!”
ESM Productions, under the direction of Executive Producer Scott Mirkin, is staging the Festival of Families that is co-sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.