Pope Francis in Philadelphia: Festival of Families

Copyright, The Associated Press. Sept. 26, 2015
Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives to speak in front of Independence Hall, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015 in Philadelphia. The pope will deliver his speech from the lectern used by President Abraham Lincoln during the Gettysburg Address. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Pope Francis and an admiring throng of thousands get to enjoy a little music from the Queen of Soul and other star performers in rounding out his first day in Philadelphia on his first-ever U.S. tour.

Aretha Franklin leads the lineup at the Festival of Families on Saturday night. She’s to perform “Amazing Grace” and another song she’s been keeping secret.

Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli will sing “The Lord’s Prayer,” accompanied by The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Columbian pop star Juanes and American rock band The Fray are also in the line-up for the festival, hosted by actor Mark Wahlberg on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

The event is part of the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families, which brought the pontiff to the city after visits to Washington and New York.

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