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(Matano embraced ties to the first bishop by carrying his ceremonial staff.)

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Matano offered several more jokes the Italian offered to spell his last name with an "e a u" to appease the state's French Canadians before urging Vermont Catholics to "attend Mass faithfully every single week" and support peace, needy people and the concept of life from conception to death.

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Guests included members of the Vermont Ecumenical Council, which represents the state's five largest religions the 149,000 member Catholic diocese, the 19,000 member United Methodist Church, the 18,000 member United Church of Christ, the 8,700 member Episcopal Church and the Nike Windrunner All White

BURLINGTON As white smoke welcomed a new pope at the Vatican, the Rev. Salvatore Matano was ordained Tuesday as the next Catholic bishop of Vermont.

They, in turn, were escorted into the cathedral the state's largest by a procession of seven archbishops, 22 bishops and nine auxiliary bishops from as far away as Minnesota and Missouri, as well as most of Vermont's 150 practicing and retired Catholic priests.

"I'm a former altar boy," Dubie said. "Maybe they knew I'd respond."

The rite of ordination, taking place in the middle of a traditional Mass, began with all the bishops in attendance taking turns laying their hands on Matano's head.

of coadjutor until the current bishop submits his resignation Aug. 3 his 75th birthday as required by church law.

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"It's an important day," Douglas told a reporter. "A new bishop is being ordained to administer to a quarter of our state's population."

In a more contemporary vein, most of the 1,000 guests rode shuttle buses to and from parking lots at the Wyndham Burlington hotel, which hosted a public reception after the ordination.

The crowd also included Matano's family his sister, aunt, nieces and cousins and friends and fellow clergy from his home state of Rhode Island.

Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the Vatican's official representative to the United States, led the three hour ordination with Angell and Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley.

As Matano entered the cathedral, whispered news of a new pope "It's awesome," 17 year old Heather Campbell of Colchester said gave way to a standing ovation for the next bishop of Vermont's 149,000 Catholics.

The crowd followed its applause for Matano almost hidden in the procession because of his 5 foot 4 inch height with an equal tribute to Angell, who stopped to recognize the governor in a front row pew.

"On this day, I Nike Sweatshirt Hoodie pledge to His Holiness my complete and total loyalty," Matano said of the new pope.

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Matano will head a diocese that is deciding how to consolidate its 130 parishes before clergy numbers drop by half to an estimated 55 priests in the next decade. In his remarks, the new bishop called for more support for current clergy and men interested in becoming priests.

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A rented organ, hoisted into the choir loft Monday to replace an ailing one from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, closed the ceremony by singing out alongside a 47 voice chorus and brass quartet.

"We can only pray that renewed appreciation for the religious life will blossom," he said. "If I have challenges, then you all have challenges. The success of a parish depends on the support of its members."

The lieutenant governor, for his part, said Matano already had contacted his office seeking information about Vermont.

St. Joseph Co Cathedral in Burlington swelled with 1,000 guests that included bishops from a dozen states, Gov. James Douglas and Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, and faithful from each of Vermont's 130 Catholic parishes.

Matano then sparked the loudest clapping and cheers when he took Angell's hand in his own and lifted them into the air as if political candidates celebrating a victory.

made do with a chalice of the state's second bishop, John Michaud.

The state's first, Louis de Goesbriand, celebrated Mass with a gold plated chalice given to him by Pope Pius IX. The diocese used that cup to ordain each of its seven succeeding leaders, only to discover it stolen just after Easter. On Tuesday, the church Nike Gray Pullover

"We know industry is downsizing, but " the shorter bishop said beside his 6 foot 2 inch colleague.

Matano will be only the ninth Vermont Catholic bishop since the diocese's founding in 1853.

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"This is a historic day," current Bishop Kenneth Angell told the crowd, speaking of both new Pope Benedict XVI and Matano, 58, who will serve as co adjutor of the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington until Angell's retirement this summer.

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Archbishop Montalvo followed by placing the Book of the Gospels and sacred oils on Matano's head before presenting him the tome, a ceremonial ring, headdress and staff and a symbolic "kiss of peace."

8,350 member American Baptist and the smaller Evangelical Lutheran, Greek Orthodox, Presbyterian and Quaker faiths.

"We're just delighted to welcome him as a colleague and share in the joy of the people of the diocese," said Vermont Episcopal Bishop Thomas Ely.

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