Vidal procession and funeral drew 55K crowd

By: Nestle L. Semilla October 26,2017 - 02:42 PM

Thousands of people joined the funeral procession of the body of Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal on Thursday morning. (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

 

ABOUT 55,000 attended the funeral procession and burial of Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal on Thursday.

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral opened at exactly 7 a.m. and 5,000 people were already waiting outside. The number steadily rose in the next few hours.

Senior Supt. Joel Doria, Cebu City police chief, said the six-hour funeral and burial was generally peaceful.

“We were able to pull off what we have plan for security,” Doria said.

The Cebu City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council Office listed at least 10 people who fainted during the mass and procession.

But Nagiel Banacia, CCDRRMO chief, said all were safe.

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