February 2nd, 2012
02:25 PM ET

Obama reflects on faith in prayer breakfast speech

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Washington (CNN) -
President Barack Obama spoke of his personal faith Thursday as he delivered remarks for the third year in a row at the National Prayer Breakfast.

In addition, Obama used the platform in front of religious dignitaries and politicians to express his vision of how faith and government intersect and can work together.

After his remarks, the president received a standing ovation from the crowd at the Washington Hilton, the White House pool reporter said. Journalists are barred from attending the breakfast with the exception of the White House pool, which follows the president. CNN requested and was denied access to the event.

The breakfast has hosted every president since Eisenhower.


- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Barack Obama • Belief • Bible • Billy Graham • Christianity • Church and state • DC • Politics • United States

Billy Graham released from hospital
Billy Graham was released from the hospital on Tuesday.
December 6th, 2011
01:58 PM ET

Billy Graham released from hospital

From the CNN Wire Staff

(CNN)–Evangelist Billy Graham left an Asheville, North Carolina hospital Tuesday after being treated for pneumonia.

Graham, 93, returned home after six days at Mission Hospital, the medical center said in a statement.

"We are gratified that he has had a good response to treatment and we're committed to good home care to continue his improvement," said Graham's personal physician, Lucian Rice, said in the statement.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Billy Graham • Christianity

Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized for evaluation, lung treatment
December 1st, 2011
02:42 AM ET

Evangelist Billy Graham hospitalized for evaluation, lung treatment

By CNN Wire Staff

(CNN) – Evangelist Billy Graham has been admitted to a hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, for "evaluation and treatment of his lungs," the hospital said Wednesday.

When Graham, who turned 93 on November 7, was admitted to Mission Hospital, "He was alert, smiling and waving at hospital staff," according to a statement from the hospital.

"While no date has been set for discharge, Mr. Graham is looking forward to returning home to spend the upcoming Christmas holidays with his family," the statement said.


- Dan Merica

Filed under: Billy Graham

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