The Vatican Information Service announced in its website that the Holy Father appointed Archbishop Palma of the Archdiocese of Palo, Leyte, Philippines to succeed Cardinal Vidal in Cebu. I was totally flabbergasted when Fr. Miguel broke the news to me. Close ba kami? Not really. But, a month ago, he visited the Diocese of Tucson and met Bishop Kicanas, who, at that time, had just arrived from a meeting in D.C. Fr. Miguel, with the Filipino Priests in the Diocese, hosted a welcome dinner for him at St. Joseph Parish. As someone who had literally no knowledge in cooking, I just showed up vested and with my, unexpectedly, voracious appetite. After a lengthy conversation and lots of picture taking, I offered a tour in Central Arizona, my neck of the woods but they said, they had to leave the next day to LA and catch the flight back to Pinas. I remember when I was getting off the driveway heading back home just before midnight, he jokingly said, nice car. Thanks Your Grace, now, Your Eminence. Too bad, Fr. Ricky missed it!