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Nic Gonzales, lead singer of the musical group Salvador, helped set forth the Gospel in music during the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade’s first night at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Photo by James Edward Bates
NEW YORK (BP)--Was it or wasn't it Billy Graham's final crusade?
For months, the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was billed as likely his last, or likely his last in North America, or his final "planned" crusade because of talk of an invitation from London. But, as always, the 86-year-old evangelist wasn't ready or willing to provide a definite answer.
On Sunday, he said he'd been asked if this was his final crusade.
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Evangelist Billy Graham, 86, addresses the opening night crowd of his crusade at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. Photo by James Edward Bates
"I said, 'It probably is -- in New York," he said in his southern drawl. "But I also said, 'I never say never.'"
Graham, now in fragile health with Parkinson's, prostate cancer, water buildup on the brain and the effects of a hip replacement and broken pelvis, has always said that evangelists don't retire. But others hinted that this could be it. Read More