CEBU Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal has passed away, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Cebu said in a statement.
“It is with great sadness that I announce the death of Cardinal Vidal. He has returned to the Father’s home at 7:28 a.m. today (Wednesday),” said Monsignor Joseph Tan.
Tan asked the people to pray for Vidal’s eternal repose.
Tan also said that he had no details yet on the cause of death of Vidal.
“His heart may have given up due to his old age,” said Tan.
Cardinal Vidal was born on February 6, 1931 in Mogpog, Marinduque.
He studied at the Minor Seminary of the Most Holy Rosary (now the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Seminary) in Sariaya, Quezon and the San Carlos Seminary in Makati City. He studied Philosophy at the Saint Francis de Sales seminary in Lipa, Batangas.
He was ordained a deacon on September 24, 1955 and as a priest on March 17, 1956, after which he served as assistant parish priest of Mogpog.
From 1957 to 1965, the Cardinal was the spiritual director of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Seminary. Later, he served as rector of the school from 1965 to 1971.
Vidal was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Malolos on September 23, 1971. He became Archbishop of Lipa on August 26, 1973.
He was installed as the Archbishop of Cebu on September 18, 1982 and was elevated to the College of Cardinals on April 14, 1985.
From 1986 to 1987, Vidal served as the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
The Cardinal was a member of the Permanent Council of the Synod from 1989 to 1994.
Vidal joined Jaime Cardinal Sin in supporting the 1986 People Power Revolution. In 2001, he was among those who called for the ouster of former president Joseph Estrada. RENAN ALANGILAN, ARIC JOHN SY CUA