Rev. Billy Graham Dead at 99: Political Leaders and Public Figures Pay Tribute on Twitter

Reverend Billy Graham, the legendary evangelist and pastor to presidents, died at age 99 on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. World leaders, religious leaders, political figures, and many other public figures are paying tribute on Twitter, Instagram and other social media to the iconic pastor known for his decades of evangelical crusades and dozens of inspirational books. You can see a roundup of tributes below.

According to the New York Times, Rev. Billy Graham’s death at his home in Montreat, North Carolina was confirmed by Jeremy Blume, a spokesman for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times obituary:

Mr. Graham took the role of evangelist to a new level, lifting it from the sawdust floors of canvas tents in small-town America to the podiums of packed stadiums in the world’s major cities. He wrote some 30 books and was among the first to use new communication technologies for religious purposes. During his “global crusade” from Puerto Rico in 1995, his sermons were translated simultaneously into 48 languages and transmitted to 185 countries by satellite.

Mr. Graham’s standing as a religious leader was unusual: Unlike the pope or the Dalai Lama, he spoke for neither a particular church (though he was a Southern Baptist) nor a particular people.

At times, he seemed to fill the role of national clergyman. He read from Scripture at President Richard M. Nixon’s funeral in California in 1994, offered prayers at a service in the National Cathedral for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and, despite his failing health, traveled to New Orleans in 2006 to preach to survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

His reach was global, and he was welcomed even by repressive leaders like Kim Il-sung of North Korea, who invited him to preach in Pyongyang’s officially sanctioned churches.

His son paid tribute:

Here’s a roundup of tributes from world leaders and other public figures.

Numerous public figures from entertainment, sports, journalism and other disciplines also paid tribute.

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Rev. Billy Graham Dead at 99: Political Leaders and Public Figures Pay Tribute on Twitter