Rose French writes about religious and spiritual matters for the Star Tribune. Before arriving in the Twin Cities this fall, she covered religion for the Associated Press in Tennessee, where she wrote about the Southern Baptists, United Methodists, Gideons and other religious groups and issues.
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The Rev. Billy Graham, who for nearly 50 years had his ministry headquarters in Minneapolis, is back at his North Carolina home after begin hospitalized with pneumonia.
The Associated Press reports Graham’s doctors at Mission Hospital in Asheville said the 92-year-old evangelist had responded well to treatment and regained strength.
“We expect continuing recuperation at home with very gradual recovery, returning to normal activities over several weeks,” Dr. Lucian Rice, Graham’s primary care physician, said in a news release from the hospital. “I’m delighted that he has come back this fast.”
Graham went to the hospital Wednesday after sweating, coughing and breathing difficulty. He returned home on Sunday.
Graham, an (almost) native Minnesotan, now spends most of his days at his home in Montreat, N.C., and leaves the sermonizing to his son Franklin, who serves as president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (which relocated from Minneapolis to North Carolina almost a decade ago).
Graham’s other significant Minnesota connection: he served as president of Northwestern College in Roseville from 1947-53.