POPE TO USE LINCOLN’S GETTYSBURG LECTERN IN PHILADELPHIA

by KATHY MATHESON | ASSOCIATED PRESS  |  published on August 7, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — When Pope Francis speaks outside Independence Hall in September, he will stand at the same lectern that President Abraham Lincoln used to deliver the Gettysburg Address.

The Union League of Philadelphia said Friday it would offer the simple wooden stand for the pontiff to use during his planned speech on immigration and religious liberty.

“Its simple beauty and humble role in one of American history’s most important moments reflects, in many ways, Pope Francis’ own world view,” said Robert Ciaruffoli, president of the World Meeting of Families.

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