- Associated Press - Monday, September 21, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont’s Roman Catholic bishop will be following Pope Francis to New York City and Philadelphia this week, but he expects to spend most of his time with reporters.

Most Rev. Christopher Coyne, the bishop of the statewide Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, will be in the media centers assisting the press, The Burlington Free Press reported (https://bfpne.ws/1YvB15Q ).

Coyne is the incoming chairman of the communications committee for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The bishop said his primary responsibility is to be a resource in the media centers, but he would be happy for any chance to meet the pontiff.

“I hope that the times that I do get to be in the room or at a venue with the Holy Father that I’ll be strengthened and encouraged,” Coyne said.

Coyne planned to fly to Washington, D.C., on Sunday to launch a week of tweeting and blogging where he would answer reporters’ questions about Catholic rituals.

He plans to serve as a chaplain and offer late-night Mass for members of the media and volunteers.

Coyne said he is hoping that those who are in leadership in the church will pick up the pope’s challenges to learn “to be a people who care for the poor and the marginalized.”

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Catholic from Vermont, will be escorting the pope Thursday for his address to Congress.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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