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"Religion Notes" Continued...

Issue: "Putting Kyoto on ice," Aug. 8, 1998

Etched into history

Four gospel singers were honored by the U.S. Postal Service with the issuance of four new commemorative stamps July 15: Roberta Martin, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Clara Ward, and Mahalia Jackson. The stamps, issued at a ceremony during the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship's Conference 98, are part of the Legends of American Music series, which premiered in 1993. "Each of these influential artists was a pioneer of the music we love," said USPS governing board member LeGree Daniels. "They moved audiences in churches and concert halls, and helped make gospel an important part of American music and popular culture."

Graham preaches in Ottawa

In the Canadian capital city, record crowds of up to 27,000 packed into the Corel Center hockey rink and an overflow area in a parking lot to see and hear evangelist Billy Graham preach. Roman Catholics were the largest group represented (60 churches); that was the highest Catholic participation in any Graham crusade ever, organizers said. They stated that nearly 9,000 people trusted Christ as Lord and Savior during the four-day crusade last month. Mr. Graham, 79, told reporters that despite Parkinson's Disease, his doctors recently gave him a favorable health report. "They say that, with the right diet and plenty of rest, I could preach well past my 80th birthday this November and into the 21st century," he said. Since the 1940s, he has preached to some 210 million people in live audiences in 185 countries and territories, aides said. Mr. Graham announced his organization will sponsor a global event in 2000 involving thousands of evangelists.

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