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Former Cebu archbishop to lead a ’quiet life’

Cardinal Vidal takes up residence in his new home

Cardinal Ricardo Vidal (center) at the installation of Archbishop Jose Palma as Archbishop of Cebu Cardinal Ricardo Vidal (center) at the installation of Archbishop Jose Palma as Archbishop of Cebu
  • ucanews.com reporter, Cebu City
  • Philippines
  • January 21, 2011
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Former archbishop of Cebu Cardinal Ricardo Vidal says he aims to lead a “quiet life” following his retirement last week.

“Just like Jesus left Nazareth to begin his public ministry, I left the [Archbishop’s Palace] to begin my private life,” 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.

“It is the Last Supper. The cup of Judas is on its side. He did not finish eating with [the other apostles],” 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.

“It’s very beautiful. That’s why I kept it,” Cardinal Vidal said.

A piano stands in one corner, near a curving staircase. “[But] I cannot play it anymore,” 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.

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