CEBU City Rep. Raul del Mar on Monday night called on Catholic Church officials to work for the canonization of the well-loved late Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Ricardo Vidal.
“San Ricardo Vidal sounds good. Let us ask our bishops to work for this endeavor,” del Mar said.
The late Cebu prelate worked for the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod. Who’d work for his sainthood?
Rep. del Mar, the first speaker in a series of necrological services for Vidal at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, said Vidal lived a life of holiness and was worthy of sainthood.
“He deeply believed in prayer. Many people talked about his humility. I was a witness to that. He was not self-absorbed,” he said.
“Cardinal Vidal was a gift to Cebu and the Cebuanos. How heart-warming this awesome gift was,” he said.
President Rody Duterte, who visited Cardinal Vidal’s wake early dawn Monday, has declared a special non-working holiday in the entire Cebu province on the prelate’s burial on Oct. 26, Thursday.
This will give Cebuanos a chance to pay their last respects to a holy man who became a Cebuano by choice.
How many Cebuano faithful have paid their last respects to a future saint?
I have not been privileged to be close to the late cardinal. Some friends joked that merely shaking his hand would make me sober for a week.
But I can still recall one of his homilies in masses during the annual celebration of the Cebu Press Freedom Week.
He said he was always praying for Cebuanos and members of the Cebu media. “But pray for me too,” he said. “What if you go to heaven and we wouldn’t see each other.” He must be joking.