Tuesday , June 19, 2018

‘Great son of the church, respected leader’

MORE known personalities in the country visited the wake of Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal three days before he will be buried.

Former speaker of the House of Representatives Jose de Venecia and his wife, Gina, who is also the former Pangasinan representative were in Cebu yesterday to visit the wake of Cardinal Vidal.

They were accompanied by former Cebu City South Rep. Antonio Cuenco, who also served as deputy house speaker.

In an interview, de Venecia said he mourns for the death of Cardinal Vidal, whom he described as the greatest Catholic leader the country has produced.

“We’ve come here to honor this great son of the church. He is one of the most respected leaders of the Catholic church. Cebu lost a great son, while he was not a Cebuano, he was more Cebuano than a Cebuano because he loves the people of Cebu,” de Venecia told reporters.

De Venecia recalled how Cardinal Vidal played a silent but big role during the first people power.

“I remember people power revolution in 1986. He provided guiding light, a powerful spirit of reform that encouraged many Filipinos,” he said.

De Venecia said Cardinal Vidal is very close to their family and served as his spiritual adviser.

He said the late prelate was the one who encouraged him to launch a reform movement in the House of Representatives when he was still the speaker.

For his part, Cuenco said the presence of people from other parts of the country means Cardinal Vidal is well-loved.

Also yesterday, Gov. Hilario Davide III along with Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, some board members and other Capitol officials paid their last respect to Cardinal Vidal and offered a mass for him.

In an interview, Davide said Capitol will provide a medical team during the burial of Cardinal Vidal on Thursday. (RVC)