Last Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Ricardo Vidal died at 86 years old of septic shock caused by massive infections. He was confined in the Intensive Care Unit of the Perpetual Succour Hospital in Cebu City on October 11 after experiencing nausea and shortness of breath.
Pope Francis, in a telegram sent to Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of Vidal’s death. The Pope will be sending a Papal Legate to represent him during the interment of Vidal next week.
Vidal was ordained deacon on September 24, 1955; a priest on March 17, 1956; and a bishop on November 30, 1971. Vidal served as archbishop of Cebu for 29 years, from 1982 until his retirement in 2011.
Cardinal Vidal’s wake began at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, and was moved on October 21 to St. Pedro Canlungsod Shrine at the archbishop’s residence for public viewing. His interment will be held on October 26 at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral at 9 a.m, and his remains will be interred in a mausoleum at the back of the church’s sacristy.
During President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit to the wake in Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, he said he would sign an executive order declaring Oct. 26 a non-working holiday in Cebu to allow more people to attend the funeral of Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal.