UCAN needs your support
You are why we do what we do - report, describe, comment, review. It is to bring to your eyes just what life is like for believers across Asia that we publish UCAN.
But as you know, the effort needs to be sustained if it is to have continuing effect.
UCAN publishes some 150 stories a week in four languages across six websites. We are grateful to benefactors in Europe and the US who support us. But those countries and the Church there are under increasing financial strain and their generosity no longer covers our costs.
We need financial help from our readers to sustain our efforts. Our reporters, editors, video producers and photographers all have families and we need to support them. They do excellent jobs, but they can't do their jobs for nothing.
Will you help us to sustain UCAN? Please click here to help.
Thanks in anticipation.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Former Cebu archbishop to lead a ’quiet life’
Cardinal Vidal takes up residence in his new homeCardinal Ricardo Vidal (center) at the installation of Archbishop Jose Palma as Archbishop of Cebu
- ucanews.com reporter, Cebu City
- January 21, 2011
â€śJust like Jesus left Nazareth to begin his public ministry, I left the [Archbishopâ€™s Palace] to begin my private life,â€ť the 79-year-old cardinal said.
Cardinal Vidal is now living in a house in Banilad village in the city and kindly gave ucanews.com a brief tour.
The house was given to him by a prominent family and has three guest rooms.
The living room contains religious images and art pieces given to the cardinal during his 29-year term as archbishop.
Images include Our Lady of Casaysay, a San Lorenzo Ruiz and an image of the Sto. Nino by Lladro, maker of limited edition porcelain figurines.
One painting in the room was very striking.
â€śIt is the Last Supper. The cup of Judas is on its side. He did not finish eating with [the other apostles],â€ť the cardinal explained.
The artist was Monsignor Dennis Villarojo, an archdiocese official, he added.
Another picture is of the Virgin Mary, which was entrusted to the cardinal by its owners who wanted to give it away after family members fell ill while it was in their possession.
â€śItâ€™s very beautiful. Thatâ€™s why I kept it,â€ť Cardinal Vidal said.
A piano stands in one corner, near a curving staircase. â€ś[But] I cannot play it anymore,â€ť the former music teacher, said.
My right index finger is paralyzed after a stroke, he explained.
The house also has a swimming pool and a jacuzzi, which the prelate will use to ease his osteoarthritis.
Cardinal Vidal is now kept company by sisters of the Missionary Catechists of St. Therese who have a cloister adjacent to the house.
Cardinal Vidal says his goodbyes to Cebu
Philippine Congress honors Cardinal Vidal