Franklin Graham to share a message of hope from Rome on Easter Sunday

“The New Birth: Easter from Rome,” featuring musical guest Michael W. Smith, will air across the country on April 9

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 4, 2023 – This Easter, Franklin Graham will premiere a new Gospel message, “The New Birth: Easter from Rome,” on broadcast networks across the country.

“In Rome today, there’s evidence of religious history everywhere,” said Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA). “You see architecture, artifacts, museums, churches. It’s a place full of religious history, but we need more than religion. We need a relationship with God. The only way that we can have that relationship is through faith in God’s son, Jesus Christ.”

On April 9 at 12 p.m. ET, Fox News will air this new 30-minute program that will feature a message of hope from Graham as well as music from multi-platinum selling, three-time Grammy award-winning artist Michael W. Smith accompanied by a choir and chamber orchestra.

“What’s inspiring about the resurrection,” said Smith during the program, “…as a song writer, there’s nothing greater to write about. Because that’s what the world needs to hear.” He continued, “When I think about Christ conquering death and all the things that He said, I’m just confident that I can get through whatever obstacle or whatever circumstance comes my way.”

In recent years, Franklin Graham’s Easter messages have been carried on major broadcast networks and via livestream. During the height of the covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Graham delivered his Easter message from New York City at the site of a Samaritan’s Purse field hospital in Central Park. In 2022, Graham delivered a message from war-torn Lviv, Ukraine.

The new program, recorded outside the Colosseum in Rome, will not only air on Fox News and Fox Nation, but also on Daystar, TBN, CBN, and over 70 local stations in various markets across the U.S. The Easter special has also been dubbed into Italian, and it will air on local television stations across Italy and in more than 10 countries around the world. For viewers who miss the television broadcast, the special will also be available online at as well as on Franklin Graham’s Facebook page, beginning at 1 p.m. that same day. 

Additional information about the program, including broadcast times and stations, can be found at

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From its headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association directs a wide range of domestic and international ministries, including: large-scale outreaches led by evangelists Franklin Graham and Will Graham; the Billy Graham Library; The Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove, located outside of Asheville, North Carolina;, an internet evangelism project reaching thousands of people for Christ online; and many others through print, television, telephone, radio and the internet. For more information, please visit Get news updates on Twitter at

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