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Former Archbishop Hurley leads mass while hospitalized

Archbishop Francis Hurley conducted a Catholic mass inside the hospital that is caring for him on Friday, July 27. Hurley, 85, injured his shoulder in a fall in San Francisco earlier this year and has been receiving care in California and Alaska in recent months. During the mass at St. Elias Specialty Hospital in Midtown, Hurley spoke about trying to redirect his own suffering into an opportunity to help others. "It's been a very enriching experience to be able to say I understand what you're going through," he said to an audience of about 35 on the hospital's second floor. Hurley served as Archbishop of Anchorage from 1976 to 2001. Patti McGuire, spokesperson for St. Elias Hospital, says the staff hopes he'll be able to return home in the next few days.

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