He told the Tribune that his bad decisions in the past may make it easier for youths dealing with violent crime in Chicago to relate to how he turned his life around.
“I feel remorse when I’ve made mistakes,” he later told the audience at the event. “If I could go back and change a lot of things that I did, I would. I look for ways to give back.”
Wahlberg has talked frequently about his Catholic faith and hosted a Philadelphia event honoring Pope Francis during his U.S. visit in 2015.