The Deacon's Bench

A little celebrity news from Down Under:

Reformed bad boy Mark Wahlberg is dedicated to attending church each day — even during his hectic Australian tour with Will Ferrell to promote their new film The Other Guys.

Wahlberg, 39, went to St Mary’s Cathedral Catholic church in inner Sydney yesterday wearing his golf clothes after a game with Ferrell.

“I love golf and I love church. I do both every day,” the committed Catholic, former rapper and Calvin Klein underwear model said as he entered the cathedral for 20 minutes of prayer.

Wahlberg, who was raised a Roman Catholic in Boston, Massachusetts, is a former drug addict who had several run-ins with police as a teenager.

But he cleaned up his image and has settled down wife Rhea Durham and their four children.

The actor, formerly known as Marky Mark during his earlier years as a rap musician with the band Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, arrived in Sydney on Sunday.

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