Pope Francis to speak from lectern Lincoln used for Gettysburg Address

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August 11, 2015

The lectern that President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address almost 152 years ago is seen Aug. 7 at the Union League of Philadelphia in front of a statue of Lincoln. Pope Francis will use same lectern when he speaks at Independence Hall Sept. 26 during his two-day visit to Philadelphia this fall. (CNS photo/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com) See PHILLY-LECTURN Aug. 10, 2015.

The lectern that President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address almost 152 years ago is seen Aug. 7 at the Union League of Philadelphia in front of a statue of Lincoln. Pope Francis will use same lectern when he speaks at Independence Hall Sept. 26 during his two-day visit to Philadelphia this fall. (CNS photo/Sarah Webb, CatholicPhilly.com)

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — As lecterns go, it is strictly utilitarian, a simple walnut stand with none of the ornamentation commonly found in mid-19th-century furnishings.

Yet it has a distinguished past and is about to have a distinguished future.

At a news conference Aug. 7 at the Union League of Philadelphia, Robert Ciaruffoli, president of the World Meeting of Families, announced that Pope Francis, during his Sept. 26 speech at Independence Hall while in Philadelphia for the families’ meeting, will use the lectern that was most famously used by President Abraham Lincoln when he gave his Gettysburg Address.

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