Jennifer Hudson, Harry Connick Jr. Sing in Honor of the Pope (VIDEO)

Jennifer Hudson and Harry Connick Jr. plus other entertainers performed at Madison Square Garden Friday night (Sept. 25) at a concert in honor of Pope Francis on his first visit to the United States.

The two hour event preceded a mass celebrated by the pope. Other performers included Gloria Estefan, who sang “Mas Alla,” plus several Broadway actors. Stephen Colbert made a video appearance, welcoming to the Gardeb “Catholics and the non-Catholics who arrived really early for a Knicks game.”

Here’s the American Idol season 3 alum wowing the crowd with a powerful rendition of “Hallelujah.” Jennifer included some of the not-so-religious verses, but the crowd didn’t seem to mind.

American Idol judge and musician/singer, Harry Connick Jr. performed the hymn “How Great Thou Art.”

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