Pope Names Bishops for Vermont and Mexico

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 3, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II, who continues to convalesce in the hospital, named two new bishops, one for the United States and the other for Mexico.

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The Pope named Monsignor Salvatore Ronald Matano, a Rhode Island native, as coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, the Vatican press office reported today.

As coadjutor he stands to succeed Bishop Kenneth Angell, who turns 75 in August.

Monsignor Matano, 58, is currently assigned to the staff of the apostolic nunciature in Washington, D.C.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he studied at the Seminary of Our Lady of Providence, the North American College in Rome, and the Gregorian University. He holds a doctorate in canon law.

He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Providence in December 1971. From 1997 to 2000, he was parish priest of St. Sebastian’s Church and a professor at Providence College. Since 2000, he has worked with the apostolic nunciature.

The Burlington Diocese has 608,000 inhabitants, about a quarter of them Catholics.

The Pope also appointed Bishop Mario Espinosa Contreras of Tehuacan as new the new bishop of Mazatlan, Mexico. He is succeeding Bishop Rafael Barraza Sánchez, 76.

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