Aerial photo: The Parkway crowd

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Center City seemed pretty empty Saturday -- but not the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from above. Lt. David Bonk, of the Philadelphia Police Department's... Read more

'It felt like the Holy Spirit had descended'

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Sister Theresa Bealer, 64, was so energized after the pope spoke that she bounced to the music on the Parkway, as if waiting to get into a... Read more

Why is Juanes performing at the Festival of Families?

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Think of Juanes as the Bono or Bruce Springsteen of Spanish-language music. The Colombian singer and guitarist has been a solo artist since... Read more

Parkway flooded with families for papal festival

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The ever-changing road closures and security plans weren't enough to keep hundreds of thousands from flooding the Parkway Saturday. And despite long walks across bridges and hours of standing for a glimpse of the pope, many families weren't deterred from bringing kids of all ages. Read more

Why is Andrea Bocelli at the Festival of Families?

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Performing for popes must be old hat for Bocelli at this point. This is the second time the Italian tenor has performed for Pope Francis. He... Read more

The pope with the jokes

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Pope Francis addressed the Festival of Families, speaking of love and family, and in doing so, cracked a little wise. Pope is a jokester!... Read more

Man detained after allegedly jumping fence onto Parkway

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Police briefly detained a young man who jumped over a fence and onto the parkway around 9 p.m. Read more

Philadelphia couldn't have a large scale event without an Eagles shoutout

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While introducing former Eagle, current pastor of Great Exodus Baptist Church Herb Lusk, Mark Wahlberg gave a shout out the Eagles. How bout... Read more

Center City security checkpoint closed due to crowds

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The security checkpoint at 15th and Chestnut streets was closed Saturday evening as authorities dealt with an influx of people in Center City for Pope Francis' appearances. Read more

Why is Aretha Franklin at the Festival of Families?

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Aretha Franklin is the queen of American soul music. Franklin’s father, Reverend C.L. Franklin, was a pastor, also known for his vocal... Read more

Why is Marie Miller at the Festival of Families?

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Singer-songwriter Marie Miller grew up in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, singing in her family bluegrass band. While Miller first broke... Read more

Why is Mark Wahlberg emceeing the Festival of Families?

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“Being a Catholic is the most important aspect of my life,” Mark Wahlberg told the Catholic Herald. The Oscar-nominated actor will... Read more

Crowd builds on Parkway ahead of pope's arrival at Festival of Families

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The Benjamin Franklin Parkway - Philadelphia's quintessential stage for big-name, big-crowd concerts - filled that role again Saturday, as thousands here listened to musical performances ahead of the arrival of Pope Francis. Read more

Pope Francis appears before Parkway concertgoers

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Pope Francis appeared just after 7 p.m. from the dark of the night amid the sparkle of police lights in his signature pope-mobile. Read more

Gaffigan booed after Philly-Santa joke

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan made a joke during the World Meeting of Families celebration on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday night, referencing... Read more

Why is Jim Gaffigan at the Festival of Families?

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Comedian Jim Gaffigan has been dubbed the King of Clean Comedy. The father of five’s sets often revolve around his love of food and living... Read more

Why is Matt Maher at the Festival of Families?

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Christian recording artist Matt Maher, 40, has released eight albums, with his most recent 2015’s Saints and Sinners hitting number two... Read more

Why is Jackie Evancho at the Festival of Families?

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Pittsburgh born and raised, Jackie Evancho’s big break came during the fifth season of America’s Got Talent when she was just 10... Read more

Why is the Fray at the Festival of Families?

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The Denver quintet started their career as a Christian rock outfit, but as they progressed, and their fame grew, they moved into the secular... Read more

Afternoon crowds: Parkway and Independence Mall

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With hours still to go before Pope Francis is set to appear at either Independence Mall or the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin... Read more

Faithful line up on Parkway 12 hours before show

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Pope Francis isn't scheduled to appear before the masses on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway until Saturday evening. But 12 hours in advance... Read more