The Rev. Billy Graham was “a preacher of God’s word not only in his sermons, but also in the very life he lived,” said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
“Today, we pray for the soul of the Rev. Billy Graham to the Lord he so dearly loved and offer our condolences to his family,” the cardinal said in a statement about the death of the world famous Baptist preacher on 21st February.
“His faith and integrity invited countless thousands around the world into a closer relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Thanks be to God for the ministry of Billy Graham,” Cardinal DiNardo said.
An outpouring of statements paid tribute to the man who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century. Born in Charlotte, North Carolina, Rev. Graham died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, at the age of 99.
He had suffered from Parkinson’s disease for many years, although he continued to lead crusades until 2005, when he held his last one in New York. In recent years, he also suffered from cancer, pneumonia and other ailments.
He preached the Gospel in person to more people than any other evangelist in history. He reached at least 210 million not only through his personal appearances but also through his radio and television ministries.
Picture: The Rev. Billy Graham, famed preacher who was best known for his televised evangelism broadcasts, died on 21st February at his home in North Carolina at the age of 99. He is pictured in a 1990 photo in Berlin. (CNS photo/Juergen Schwarz, Reuters).