Cathe­dral mau­soleum opens door to the pub­lic

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Ador Vin­cent S. Mayol SE­NIOR RE­PORTER

It is sup­posed to be a pri­vate place. But peo­ple from all walks of life were given the chance to en­ter the Cathe­dral mau­soleum in Cebu City to al­low them to view and pray be­fore the tomb of Cebu Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Ri­cardo Car­di­nal Vi­dal.

“There have been sev­eral re­quests for us to open the mau­soleum to the pub­lic. And so we are giv­ing in to those de- mands. Any­way, the car­di­nal just died so we will give the peo­ple the chance to visit his tomb,” said Msgr. Ruben Labajo, mod­er­a­tor of the team of pas­tors of the Cebu Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cathe­dral, in an in­ter­view.

The rest­ing place of for­mer Cebu arch­bish­ops and prelateswa­sopene­dat­past 4 p.m. on Mon­day to ac­com­mo­date visi­tors. It was closed three hours af­ter.

Labajo said the mau­soleum will again be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to­day, Oc­to­ber 31, un­til Nov. 5.

OnNov.6,Mon­day,itwill again be closed to the pub­lic to al­low work­ers to com­plete the fin­ish­ing touches in­side the mau­soleum.

“The up­per cover of the grave is cur­rently made of wood and clad with tiles. We’re plan­ning to re­place it with mar­ble,” Labajo said.

He said they have yet to de­cide whether or not to open the mau­soleum to the pub­lic for good.

“Let’s see in the com­ing days if there will still be a need to open it to the pub­lic,” Labajo said.

“The Cathe­dral mau­soleum is sup­posed to be pri­vate. Only the fam­i­lies and rel­a­tives of the car­di­nals and bish­ops buried there are al­lowed in­side. But we’re open­ing it to ev­ery­one for now so they can visit Car­di­nal Vi­dal,” he added.

Labajo ap­pealed to visi­tors not to light can­dles in­side the mau­soleum to avoid soot stains on the ceil­ing.

Flow­ers, he said, are al-

so not needed.

“We al­ready have a lot of flow­ers i nside so there’s no need for the peo­ple to bring one,” the mon­signor ex­plained.

In vis­it­ing the mau­soleum, Labajo ad­vised the peo­ple to main­tain the solem­nity of the place.

“Just pray in­side and fol­low the sys­tem that we put up. Fall in line (and wait for your turn to come near Car­di­nal Vi­dal’s tomb),” he said.

Emil Dawal, 25, and a res­i­dent of Tal­isay City, was among the first batch of visi­tors who went to Vi­dal’s tomb shortly af­ter the mau­soleum was opened to the pub­lic yes­ter­day.

Al­though he did not have the time to go to the wake and burial of Vi­dal last week, Dawal was happy to visit the car­di­nal’s tomb with­out hav­ing to wade through the crowd.

“Naglikay pud ko sa daghang tawo last week. (I was avoid­ing the large crowds last week),” he told CEBU DAILY NEWS.

Vi­dal, 86, was laid to rest at the Cathe­dral mau­soleum last Oc­to­ber 26, on the right side of his pre­de­ces­sor, the late arch­bishop of Cebu, Julio Car­di­nal Rosales.

Also buried i n the mau­soleum were Bish­ops Manuel Sal­vador, Sin­cero Lucero, Juan Gorordo; and Arch­bish­ops Mar­i­ano Gavi­ola, Lino Gon­zaga and Manuel Sal­vador.

CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON

The mau­soleum of the Cebu Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cathe­dral where the re­mains of Cebu’s bish­ops are laid to rest has been tem­po­rar­ily opened to the pub­lic days af­ter the burial of beloved Cebu Arch­bishop Emer­i­tus Ri­cardo Car­di­nal Vi­dal. While the mau­soleum is con­sid­ered a pri­vate place, the Cebu Arch­dio­cese is giv­ing in to sev­eral re­quests to open its doors to al­low peo­ple from all walks of life the chance to visit Vi­dal’s tomb.

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