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Graham In Belfast: He Loses His Shirt
Billy Graham took a walk along Anderson Street. Belfast, last month just after a bomb being handled allegedly by IRA officers suddenly exploded and killed a number of them. He talked with several people, including relatives of the dead. In one house a woman said, “You know, you are the first Protestant clergyman I have ever met.” With fellow evangelist Arthur Blessitt he knelt in the street near a British army post and prayed for peace in the troubled province.
Next day at a press conference he stressed that he came not with a formula for a solution but because he had been invited by a wide cross section of concerned people. He came as preacher and peacemaker. He told people that “there is a healing for your bleeding,” and that a national spiritual awakening in both Ireland and America would lead to the Lord’s healing both lands. “No part of the Christian Church can suffer in isolation,” Graham added. “When one suffers all feel the pain.”
During three days in Belfast the evangelist lived in a hotel adjoining an area devastated by an earlier bomb. He sent his shirt to a neighboring laundry that was promptly blown up (no connection: tragically, the normal run of things in Belfast these days).
At Queen’s University he addressed a capacity student audience in a meeting sponsored by the four chaplains, including the Roman Catholic. When the official IRA announced a truce, a prominent Labour politician was heard to mutter ruefully that Billy Graham would take the credit for it, but no such connection was claimed.
In two days in Dublin he crammed in several ...1
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