Pope to use Lincoln’s Gettysburg lectern in Philadelphia

 Pope Francis salutes the faithful gathered outside the hospital Cottolengo of Turin, northern Italy, in this June 21, 2015 file photo; President Abraham Lincoln is shown in a photograph by W.A. Thomson, in this Oct. 1858 file photo (Massimo Pinca and W.A. Thomson/AP Photos, File)

Pope Francis salutes the faithful gathered outside the hospital Cottolengo of Turin, northern Italy, in this June 21, 2015 file photo; President Abraham Lincoln is shown in a photograph by W.A. Thomson, in this Oct. 1858 file photo (Massimo Pinca and W.A. Thomson/AP Photos, File)

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

Later this month, conservators will remove the lectern from its display space at The Union League of Philadelphia to prepare it for the pontiff’s speech.

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Pope Francis will use the Gettysburg Lectern during his speech at Independence Hall on Saturday, September 26. (Image courtesy of The Foundations of The Union League of Philadelphia)

Its loan for the pope’s use Sept. 26 was announced Friday by the Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families, which the pope will be attending.

Lincoln used the lectern on Nov. 19, 1863, to dedicate part of the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg as a cemetery. It’s now one of the most famous speeches in American history.

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