Evangelist Hagee recovering from heart surgery

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The Reverend John Hagee, pastor of San Antonio's Cornerstone Church and founder of Christians United for Israel, is recovering from open heart surgery.

Christians United for Israel executive director David Berg says the three-hour successful procedure was done Thursday at a San
Antonio hospital, and the 68-year-old Hagee is expected to return
to work later this month. Church spokesman Juda Engelmayer says a
routine checkup revealed a need for the surgery.

Engelmayer told the San Antonio Express-News that Hagee's 30-year-old son, associate pastor Matt Hagee, will take over church operations while his father recovers.

Early this year, Hagee endorsed John McCain for president -- an
endorsement McCain rejected after an old recording surfaced in
which Hagee suggested God used Hitler to move Jews back to the
promised land.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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