- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

CONTOOCOOK, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire company has made a candle that Pope Francis will light at an interfaith service at the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City.

Contoocook-based Marklin Candle Design has shipped the liturgical candle, to be used by the pope at Ground Zero on Friday morning.

The company received a call this month to make candles for the pope’s visit to the United States. It has created commemorative candles for Wednesday’s Mass in D.C. and altar candles for the Mass at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Co-owner Martin Marklin tells the Concord Monitor (https://bit.ly/1gR28q0 ) the pope requested that those candles be plain and unadorned.

This nine-pound, hand-decorated candle has the papal coat of arms and includes a 22-karat gold leaf.

Marklin also created candles in 2008 for Pope Benedict XVI and in 1995 for Pope John Paul II.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, https://www.cmonitor.com

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