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Passion's Louie Giglio to Give Benediction at Obama's Second Inauguration

Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of civil rights icon Medgar Evers, will be the first woman to deliver the invocation.

The 2013 Passion Conference may have drawn 60,000 students to Atlanta, Georgia, last week, but founder and pastor Louie Giglio is already preparing to speak before an even larger audience: the presidential inauguration.

The inaugural committee announced yesterday that it has selected Giglio to deliver the benediction at President Barack Obama's public swearing-in ceremony on January 21. Obama, who reportedly was involved in the selection process, said the committee chose Giglio because his voice and career has "inspired many people across this great nation within the faith community and beyond."

"During these days it is essential for our nation to stand together as one. And, as always, it is the right time to humble ourselves before our Maker," Giglio said in a press release. "May we all look up to our God, from whom we can receive mercy, grace and truth to strengthen our lives, our families and our nation. I am honored to be invited by the President to lead our nation as we look up to God, ...

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