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Bishop Matano reflects on time in Vt.

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Major change is on the way for the Diocese of Burlington. Longtime bishop, Salvatore Matano on Wednesday accepted a new post from the Vatican. Thursday he spoke with reporters about his time in Vermont.

Matano will soon become bishop of the Diocese of Rochester, New York. The move comes after eight years as head of the Catholic Church in Vermont. Matano says he's genuinely enjoyed his time with the diocese. He says he's learned a lot about patience and the depth of his faith during his tenure.

The Bishop acknowledged the dark times during his time in charge as the church handled dozens of sex abuse cases. He admits that some may like him and others may not but he says he loves the diocese and leaves with a heavy heart.

"I've given this assignment what I have given every assignment -- my full attention. I have always gone to assignment to make that assignment my life," Matano said.

The bishop says overall the Catholic Church is doing well in Vermont and he credits help from visiting priests and parishes -- willing to work together -- for its strength. But Matano admits there are challenges that face the Burlington Diocese. He says chief among them is helping to reengage the faithful and bring them back to regular mass.

Matano starts in Rochester In January, at which point a temporary administrator will oversee the diocese until the Pope appoints a permanent successor.

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