MANILA - Cebuanos on Wednesday mourned the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal who served in Cebu for nearly 3 decades.
Vidal, considered one of the country's most influential Catholic Church leaders, died around 7:28 a.m. while a the intensive care unit of the Perpetual Succor Hospital in Cebu City.
"We have lost a great and inspiring church leader and faithful and devoted servant of God. A true shepherd of the Lord's flock in Cebu," said Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III.
"He will be missed and will forever remain in the hearts of those whose lives he had touched. We thank the Almighty for Cardinal Vidal," he added.
Vidal was the oldest of 4 cardinals in the Philippines. The other cardinals are Manila Archbishop Emeritus Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, and Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo.
Vidal served as a priest for 61 years, nearly 3 decades of which he served as archbishop of Cebu before he retired in 2011.
He was also president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines from 1985 to 1987, according to the Vatican press office.