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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Oct. 26 declared as ‘day of mourning’

THE late Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal has inspired stewardship among members in the business community in Cebu, businessman Bernie Liu said in his testimony yesterday.

During the 7th day of the wake of Cardinal Vidal, Liu, chief executive of the Golden ABC Retailing Industries, shared his memories with the prelate.

In his eulogy, Liu recalled how Vidal developed a special friendship with his family, especially with his father.

“His Eminence has the burning desire to spread the love of the Lord. He inspired stewardship among the members of the business community and it was because of his pastoral works that our group of companies became staunch advocate of the Catholic Church,” he said.

Liu said Vidal believes that the promotion of the faith should not be limited in the convent but should be everywhere. Liu said Cardinal Vidal and his parents agreed that faith should be promoted among their employees.

Liu said they built private oratory where they hold masses for their employees and was granted permission to keep the Holy Eucharist there.

Liu said Cardinal Vidal showed how dedicated he was in his service despite his age.

“He traveled a lot to fullfil his duties and he always had with him his special pillow to ease the pain in his back. But despite that, he silently bore the physical agony so he can be present and share whatever he could,” Liu said.

Former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada also visited the wake of Vidal last night. Estrada said Vidal is one of the best cardinals he ever met.

“During the days that I was very low, he was the one who encouraged me not to give up. He was always beside me. He told me not to give up because giving up is unforgivable,” he told reporters.

The Cebu City Government expressed its condolences to the people of Cebu who are mourning Vidal’s death.

Another resolution also approved the declaration of Oct. 26, 2017 as a day of mourning in city.

Councilor Dave Tumulak said the City will deploy buses to transport those who will attend the burial of Cardinal Vidal tomorrow. (RVC)
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