Funeral procession set for Cardinal Vidal’s burial on October 26

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The late Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal will be laid to rest on October 26 at the mausoleum inside the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, according to funeral details finalized by the Archdiocese of Cebu on Friday, October 20.

Vidal will be buried beside the tomb of the late Cebu Archbishop Julio Cardinal Rosales inside the mausoleum ordered built by Rosales in 1983.

The cathedral mausoleum serves as the final resting place of prominent bishops of Cebu like Cardinal Rosales, Bishop Emeritus of Calbayog Sincero Lucero, Auxiliary Bishop of Cebu Manuel Salvador, Archbishop Emeritus of Lipa Mariano Gaviola, and first Bishop of Cebu Juan Gorordo.

Monsignor Joseph Tan, spokesman of the Archdiocese of Cebu, said October 20 will be the last night for Vidal’s wake at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral because his remains will be transferred to the San Pedro Calungsod Chapel inside the Archbishop’s Palace in Jakosalem Street.

The transfer is in time for the fifth anniversary of the canonization of Saint Pedro Calungsod. The first Cebuano saint was officially canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at Saint Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on October 21, 2012. Vidal was among those who played a crucial role in the canonization.

On Thursday, October 26, Cardinal Vidal’s remains will be brought back to the Cathedral from the Archbishop’s Palace through a funeral procession. Tan said only priests and VIPs are allowed to join the funeral procession while the public is urged to wait in the church.

“We also urged the public to stand on the sides of the processional route as a way of paying our final tribute to Cardinal Vidal,” Tan said.

The procession route starts from the Archbishop Palace in Jakosalem to the Cathedral. The coffin of Vidal will be placed on an elevated carroza.

The Cathedral will be closed from midnight of Wednesday and will only be reopened at 7 a.m. the following day. Tan said people will be allowed in on a first-come, first-served basis.

The mass will start at 8 am and the Cardinal will be laid to rest at 9 am at the mausoleum within the church compound.

Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, deputy mayor on police matters, has warned that some roads leading to the Cathedral may be closed during Saturday’s transfer and on the burial day on Thursday.

He also urged those attending the burial mass to avoid bringing vehicles because the church compound will not be available for parking.

A native of Mogpog, Maridunque, Cardinal Vidal served as Archbishop of Cebu for 29 years. His brother, 84-year-old Juanito, said the retired Cardinal chose to stay in Cebu even after his retirement.

“Gusto namin siya umuwi sa Marinduque para makapiling kami na kanyang pamilya. Pero sabi nya sa amin, siya ay pag-aari na ng Simbahan at nang sambayanan kaya pinili nyang manatili sa Cebu,” Juanito told reporters. –