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Son: Rev. Billy Graham has 'weakened' in last year

In this May 31, 2007, file photo, Billy Graham listens during a dedication ceremony for the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. Graham was released from the hospital Saturday Oct. 11, 2008 , sore and bruised but not seriously injured, after he tripped and fell over one of his dogs at his North Carolina home, hospital officials said.
In this May 31, 2007, file photo, Billy Graham listens during a dedication ceremony for the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte. Graham was released from the hospital Saturday Oct. 11, 2008 , sore and bruised but not seriously injured, after he tripped and fell over one of his dogs at his North Carolina home, hospital officials said. AP

Just over a month shy of his 96th birthday, evangelist Billy Graham remains lucid but far weaker than last year, according to his son.

The Rev. Franklin Graham says his father is in stable condition at home, but only has strength enough for short conversations and spends much of his time in prayer.

On his 95th birthday last November 7, Billy Graham was celebrated at a party attended by hundreds that featured the release of a nationally-broadcast evangelistic film. Unused footage from that film has been assembled into a Billy Graham feature on heaven that will be released on his upcoming birthday.

But Franklin Graham says any birthday observance for his father this November will be "a little quieter."

The younger Graham, who now heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, says, "I'm just thankful that I still have him with me, and he still gives me advice, so I appreciate that."

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