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Former Raleigh bishop suffers brain hemorrhage

The Rev. Joseph Gossman, who headed the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh for more than 30 years, is recuperating after suffering a brain hemorrhage, diocese officials announced Friday.

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Joseph Gossman, former Raleigh bishop
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Rev. Joseph Gossman, who headed the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh for more than 30 years, is recuperating after suffering a brain hemorrhage, diocese officials announced Friday.

Gossman, 80, experienced a medical problem while vacationing in Canton, Ohio, a few weeks ago and was briefly hospitalized, officials said. He returned to North Carolina last week and was at St. Joseph of the Pines, a Catholic health care facility in Southern Pines.

On July 15, he was admitted to Moore Regional Hospital, where tests determined that he had suffered a brain hemorrhage, officials said. He was moved back to St. Joseph of the Pines on Saturday afternoon for several months of rehabilitation.

“Bishop Gossman is comforted in knowing of the many prayers being offered on his behalf throughout our diocese,” Bishop Michael Burbidge said in a statement.

Gossman was bishop of the Raleigh diocese, which covers the eastern half of the state, from 1975 to 2006, when he retired and was replaced by Burbidge.

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