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 May 6, 2005
Celebration of new bishop also celebrates new pope
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) -- A ceremony installing a new bishop of Vermont provided the opportunity to celebrate the new pope as well. More than 15-hundred people, including some 40 bishops, the Archbishop of Boston, and the Vatican's ambassador to the U.S., attended this afternoon's ordination of Salvatore Matano. Matano is from Rhode Island. Providence Bishop Robert Mulvee also attended. Bishop Kenneth Angell, who is retiring from his post in the Vermont Diocese, told the gathering that Matano was probably the first to be made a bishop under the new pope. Matano, who's 58, will serve, in effect, as the co-bishop until Angell retires on his 75th birthday in August. The ordination ceremony began just a little more than one hour after the announcement of the new pope.
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