Perspective on Parenting: How the Pope’s message helps parents |Oct 3, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely feeling the Francis Effect. Pope Francis’s recent visit to the U.S. had me spilling tears of joy, glued to the TV watching his every move and the crowd’s reaction to his presence.

West Chester’s Kathy Finegan honored by Operation Smile for volunteer work |Oct 3, 2015

Every time Kathy Finegan travels to a third-world country, she leaves behind smiles.

They wouldn’t miss seeing Pope Francis because ‘He is a rock star’ |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia is bringing people near and far together for at least the weekend.

Walk across Ben Franklin Bridge becomes draw for New Jersey residents |Sep 27, 2015

CAMDEN >> Making the pilgrimage to see the pope in Philadelphia meant many things to many people, and for those in New Jersey, a pilgrimage was undertaken in the literal sense.

Battleship New Jersey becomes temporary home to Pope Francis pilgrims |Sep 27, 2015

CAMDEN >> For the O’Neal family of Raleigh, N.C., the trip to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia was “an adventure beyond belief.”

Pope Francis cutout huge hit with traveler making trip to Philly |Sep 27, 2015

UPPER DARBY >> Pilgrims lined up in the 69th Street Transportation Center on Sunday not to board the Market-Frankford train but to have their photo taken with a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis.

Immigrants hope Pope Francis’ words can change thoughts |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Thousands of pilgrims flooded Independence Hall to hear Pope Francis speak about immigration Saturday.

FOLLOW LIVE: Pope Francis celebrates Mass on the Parkway |Sep 27, 2015

Pope Francis has begun Mass. You can follow along live with the most comprehensive coverage in the area by using #popedfm on Twitter or checking in above.

Travelers describe experience seeing Pope Francis |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The faithful traveled from as far as Argentina and as near as Lansdowne on Sunday to celebrate Mass with a pope who many feel brings a message of humility, redemption and hope.

Volunteers share experiences helping faithful during Pope Francis’ visit |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> The spirit on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was infectious.

Column: For this Catholic, seeing Pope Francis was surreal |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Standing in the middle of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, a few football fields away from the head of the Catholic Church, well, let’s just say it felt surreal.

Being handicapped made seeing Pope Francis a little tricky |Sep 27, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> For the all the walking and standing crowds had to endure to catch a view of Pope Francis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia for the papal Mass on Sunday, organizers had to scramble to accommodate those with disabilities.

Message of Pope Francis’ trip focuses on meaning of family |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Pope Francis’ historic visit to the U.S. this week was a way to spread the Catholic church’s message about family, according to those who helped put the visit together.

Crowds gather to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis in front of the Basilica |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> There was plenty of brotherly love shown to Pope Francis upon his arrival to Philadelphia on Saturday morning.

Papal pilgrims arrive slowly but steadily at 69th Street Transportation Center |Sep 26, 2015

UPPER DARBY >> The 69th Street Transportation Center, one of the main transit sites for access to see the pope in Philadelphia, had a scant but steady stream of people before noon on Saturday.

Street merchants offering plenty of Pope Francis swag |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> There’s no need to scope out an official Pope Francis store to score souvenirs of the papal visit to Philadelphia.

Pope Francis extols virtues of immigrants, talks religious freedom, globalization |Sep 26, 2015

They brought out all the pomp and circumstance at Independence Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Getting out early in hopes of seeing Pope Francis |Sep 26, 2015

The crush to get an early start on Septa’s regional rail wasn’t nearly as bad as expected the morning when Pope Francis was coming to town.

New Jersey to Philly commute better than expected Saturday morning |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Travelers from New Jersey had a surprisingly easy time Saturday morning commuting into Philadelphia for the Pope Francis visit.

SEPTA passengers make their way by train, foot to Saturday’s papal events |Sep 26, 2015

UPPER DARBY >> The 7:30 a.m. train out of the Primos SEPTA station in Upper Darby Saturday was quiet.

Chester County boy gets special, moving visit from Pope Francis |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Chuck Keating prepared for weeks for Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia, but what happened when the pontiff got here he could have never anticipated.

Bishop Shanahan marching band excited to greet Pope Francis at airport |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Among those ready to greet Pope Francis at the Philadelphia airport was the Bishop Shanahan High School marching band.

Pope Francis paints final stroke on commemorative mural that honors WMOF |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> On a cool fall evening in the heart of center city Philadelphia, after a night of celebrating family with moving musical acts, compelling stories shared by families around the world and scripture readings, Pope Francis, joined children and artists on the Festival of Families stage, and signed his name to a mural created to honor his historic visit to the City of Brotherly Love during the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday night.

Local officials, residents greet Pope at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary |Sep 26, 2015

Lower Merion >> On the sleepy, tree-lined roads that surround St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Lower Merion, neighbors rode bicycles and pushed baby strollers along roadblocks and police checkpoints as the township prepared for the pope’s arrival Saturday afternoon.

Jovial Pope Francis steals Festival of Families show from headliners |Sep 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> While the Festival of Families may have been a star-studded event, all eyes were focused on Pope Francis.

FOLLOW LIVE: One day until Pope Francis’ arrival and the final day of the World Meeting of Families |Sep 25, 2015

We are fanned out across the region as we await Pope Francis to leave New York and head here. You can follow live as the final preparations are made and the World Meeting of Families wraps up. Go on Twitter and use #popedfm or check in above.

Adolph: Money may be made available for suburbs |Sep 25, 2015

State Rep. Bill Adolph, R-165, of Springfield, said there may be monies available for suburban counties to help reduce the costs of Pope Francis’ visit, if Gov. Tom Wolf signs an emergency funding bill Monday.

For the Red Cross, the visit by Pope Francis is just like any other event |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Even with more than 1,000 volunteers coming from around the country and a bevy of activity humming with tons of charts and maps posted on the walls, the papal visit this weekend is just another ordinary operation for the American Red Cross.

On the whole, people have enjoyed their time in Philadelphia |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> As the World Meeting of Families comes to a close, attendees were reflecting on the week of fellowship they shared with others and looking forward to the new experiences they would have over the weekend when Pope Francis arrives.

For one family, the mission is spreading the miracle story of Gianna |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Pope Francis isn’t the only one bringing people of faith to Philadelphia this weekend.

Montgomery County singers will be entertaining Pope Francis as part of the choir |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Keep a close eye on the faces performing before the pope this weekend. Chances are you may see someone you know.

‘We are Family’ taking over the Parkway in Philadelphia Saturday night |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> It’s an upbeat, foot-tapping, disco-soul classic and the message of the 1979 hit “We Are Family” by Philadelphia bred music group Sister Sledge will fill the air on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Saturday as part of a series of performances slated for the Festival of Families.

Group comes all the way from Atlanta to get a glimpse of Pope Francis |Sep 25, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> An outreach group called Love and Serve from Atlanta drew inspiration from Pope Francis’ “The Joy of the Gospel” and decided to make a pilgrimage of their own to Philadelphia this week.

Region expecting more than $400 Million windfall thanks to Pope Francis’ visit |Sep 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> With less than two days to go for the papal visit, city officials say it is now the City of Brotherly Love’s time to shine.

Pope’s visit causing havoc with businesses just outside the Mass zone |Sep 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> In the 21 years Eastern State Penitentiary has held its haunted prison, Terror Behind the Walls, it has only closed for two days, and that was because of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Two families have the chance of getting close to Pope Francis |Sep 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> With all the excitement about the Pope’s arrival in Philadelphia, only select few will get time face-to-face with the Pontiff, but two families spoke Thursday at the World Meeting of Families about their upcoming opportunities during his visit.

Local deacons ready to participate in Papal Mass |Sep 24, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> As permenant deacons in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Deacon Patrick Kelly and Deacon Thomas Taylor of St. Joseph’s Parish in Collingdale are called on to serve wherever there is a need.

Marketplace offers variety of all things Catholic at World Meeting of Families |Sep 24, 2015

No trip would be complete without a bagful of souvenirs and for those attending the World Meeting of Families, the Marketplace fills that need.

Chance to get close to Pope Francis brings thousands to Washington D.C. |Sep 24, 2015

WASHINGTON D.C. >> The defense of the family, a reoccurring theme to Pope Francis’ visit to the United States, rounded out a speech in front of Congress that included a defense of immigration, a push toward environmental mindfulness, a plea to end the proliferation of arms dealing and a repeal of the death penalty.

FOLLOW LIVE: World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis Prep |Sep 24, 2015

It’s Day 3 of the World Meeting of Families and a day closer to Pope Francis hitting the region. We will be covering it like no other organization and you can join in by using #popedfm on Twitter.

WMOF film fest kicks-off with ribbon cutting at Kimmel Center |Sep 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Those at the World Meeting of Families won’t have to go far to enjoy a favorite, family pastime – a night at the cinema.

Now that it’s here, World Meeting of Families Director Crilley Farrell can finally breathe |Sep 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> It’s finally here and the World Meeting of Families Executive Director Donna Crilley Farrell couldn’t have been more thrilled.

World Meeting of Families: Volunteers package 200,000 meals for West African families in need |Sep 23, 2015

Philadelphia >> Feeding the hungry never looked so efficient.

Large crowd turns out to view remains of St. Maria Goretti |Sep 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Hundreds of people made the trek to view the skeletal remains of the youngest canonized saint in the Catholic church, St. Maria Goretti, which made a stop at Saint Rita of Cascia Wednesday as part of a 25 stop tour of devotion across America.

Kennett Square artist sees work displayed in cathedral for pope’s visit |Sep 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> When Kenntt Square artist Neilson Carlin recieved a phone call from Bishop John MacIntyre of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia asking him to create a painting of the Holy Family for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, he had to think back to the televison show “Lost.

While waiting for Pope Francis, World Meeting of Families kicks off in Philadelphia |Sep 22, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Catholic officials from near and far outlined the gravity behind the World Meeting of Families and the papal visit prior to the opening of the four-day conference at the Philadelphia Convention Center.

Work continues along Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Pope’s arrival |Sep 22, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> Two weeks removed from the Budweiser Made in America Festival, Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway looked vastly different as workers made a major overhaul in preparation for Pope Francis’ visit for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, which officially kicked off Tuesday.

‘It’s game time in Philadelphia’ as World Meeting of Families celebrate opening |Sep 22, 2015

PHILADELPHIA >> With bell choirs, singing students and roars of applause, the Eighth World Meeting of Families opened Tuesday at the Philadelphia Convention Center, a four-day conference preceding Pope Francis’ visit this weekend.

Get ready for all things Pope Francis |Sep 18, 2015

As the worlds eye turns to Philadelphia next week with the visit of Pope Francis, Digital First Media will have you covered all week with coverage. We will be on the ground starting Tuesday at the World Meeting of Families and have a team of reporters to get all your stories when the pope arrives.

Perspective on Parenting: Protecting children from grief |Jul 25, 2015

When my first child was born, I experienced a tidal wave of emotions. As I embraced my infant overjoyed, I whispered in her tiny ear her that I’d always protect her. I even briefly visualized those moments in her future where she may need me the most: her first fall from her bike; her first time being confronted by mean kids at school; and her first break up.