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Cardinal Vidal says his goodbyes to Cebu

Prelate uses Mass to ask faithful to support his successor

Archbishop Jose Palma (standing) and Archbishop Ricardo cardinal Vidal Archbishop Jose Palma (standing) and Archbishop Ricardo cardinal Vidal
  • Joe Torres and ucanews.com reporter, Cebu City
  • Philippines
  • January 12, 2011
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Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, the outgoing archbishop of Cebu in the central Philippines, during his valedictory Mass called on the faithful to support his successor as archbishop.

"I hope that you will support Archbishop Jose Palma as you have supported me during the 29 years of my tenure as archbishop of Cebu,” Cardinal Vidal said as he ended his term yesterday.

Archbishop Palma will be installed head of the Archdiocese of Cebu tomorrow.

"Whoever your archbishop is, God remains the same. Whoever your government or church leaders are, your king remains the same, and that is Señor Sto. Niño (baby Jesus)," he said.

"Stay strong in your faith in the Church,” he said.

Cardinal Vidal spent his last day in office signing some documents and visiting the dentist to fix a broken tooth.

Archbishop Palma arrived in Cebu today with Papal Nuncio Archbishop Edward Adams, leaving behind a vacancy in the Episcopal seat at the Archdiocese of Palo.

Palo vicar general Monsignor Bernardo Bantin said the board of consultors will convene eight days after the installation of Archbishop Palma in Cebu to elect the administrator of the Palo archdiocese.

Archbishop Palma thanked the people of Leyte over the weekend for their support.

Father Manuel Baybay, head of the Palo Archdiocesan Commission on Youth, said he has mixed feelings over the transfer of Archbishop Palma.

"I feel sad that he could not stay longer," he said. "He is very supportive of the youth. You can relate to him well. He is like a father."

Abelardo Relgas, a childhood friend of Archbishop Palma, said he will miss his friend. "I hope he becomes a cardinal some day. I am praying for him for that."

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