Photos of the Week: The life of Billy Graham


(RNS) — Each week Religion News Service presents a gallery of photos of religious practice around the world. This week’s gallery is different. In the wake of the death of evangelist Billy Graham on Wednesday (Feb. 21), here is his life, in pictures.

Evangelist Billy Graham stands on the roof-top of a skyscraper in New York City with the midtown skyline behind him to symbolize his New York crusade in 1957. Photo courtesy of Archives of the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton, Ill.

The Graham family in 1962. Seated, left to right: Nelson Edmond "Ned," Ruth, Billy. Standing, left to right: William "Franklin" III, Virginia Leftwich "Gigi," Anne Morrow, Ruth Bell. Photo courtesy of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

"Many times I have been driven to prayer," Billy Graham once said. "When I was in Bible school I didn't know what to do with my life. I used to walk the streets … and pray, sometimes for hours at a time. In His timing, God answered those prayers, and since then prayer has been an essential part of my life." Photographed in Pittsburgh in 1968. Photo courtesy of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

Billy Graham, left, and his son Franklin Graham smile during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 26, 2005. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Billy Graham speaks during the closing meeting of the Greater London Crusade at Wembley Stadium on May 22, 1954. RNS file photo