Rev. Billy Graham dead at 99 (AP) Rev. Billy Graham, America’s most influential Evangelical preacher, died at his home in North Carolina on February 21 at the age of 99. Known as “America’s pastor,” he preached in person to an estimated 215 million people, in more than 180 countries, during decades of touring with his Billy Graham Crusades, and reached countless millions more by radio and television broadcasts.
New report examines newborn mortality rates (UNICEF) The nation with the highest newborn mortality rate is Pakistan (one in 22); the nation with the lowest rate is Japan (one in 1,111). L’Osservatore Romano (February 22 Italian edition) devoted front-page coverage to this story.