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Cardinal Francisco de Asís Vidal i Barraquer
Birth: Oct. 3, 1868
Cataluna, Spain
Death: Sep. 13, 1943
Fribourg, Switzerland

Roman Catholic Cardinal. A native of Cambrils, Francisco de Asís Vidal i Barraquer came from a well to do family of professionals and land owners. Having studied law at the universities of Barcelona and Madrid, following his graduation he briefly exercised the barrister profession until entering the Conciliar Seminary of Barcelona, pursuing his studies at the Pontifical University of Tarragona. Ordained priest in the latter city in September 1899, up to 1911 he served various offices within the archdiocese of Tarragona, including that of vicar general. Appointed apostolic administrator of Solsona, he received his episcopal consecration with the titular see of Pentacomia on April 26, 1914. Senator of the Spanish Kingdom for the province of Tarragona between 1914 and 1916, Vidal i Barraquer was promoted to the metropolitan see of Tarragona on May 7, 1919 and created cardinal priest in the consistory of March 7, 1921 by Pope Benedict XV. He received the red biretta from King Alfonso XIII in Madrid, together with Juan Bautista Benlloch i Vivó and Francesco Ragonesi and the title of Santa Sabina from the Pope in June. When Miguel Primo de Rivera assumed dictatorship in Spain, the Cardinal became a staunch defender of the Catholic Church and along with his bishops saw that Catalonian language would remain alive through preaching and catechesis across Tarragona. Various attempts were in return made to drive him away from Tarragona including the promotion to the archbishopric of Zaragoza and a post in the Roman Curia, which he declined. Elected head of the Spanish episcopate following the exile of Cardinal Pedro Segura, Spain's primate, the Spanish Civil War soon led him to seek refuge in Poblet, leaving the government of the archdiocese in the hands of his auxiliary, Manuel Borrás Ferré. The latter was however soon assassinated with the Cardinal seeking further refuge, first in Barcelona, then at the Carthusian monastery of Farnesa near Lucca, Italy, and ultimately at the Carthusian monastery of Valsainte, Switzerland, where he stayed until his death. Refusing the sign the 1937 Collective Letter of the Spanish Bishops supporting the rising of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, he was forced to end his days in exile. Passing away at the Foyer Saint'Elizabeth of Fribourg, he was laid to rest at the Charterhouse of Valsainte. Years later, in May 1978, following Franco's death, his remains were returned to Spain and re-interred in Tarragona, beside the vault which houses bishop Manuel Borràs. (bio by: Eman Bonnici) 

1919 - 1943
Catedral de Santa María
Provincia de Tarragona
Cataluna, Spain
Plot: San Fructuoso Chapel.
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Eman Bonnici
Record added: Mar 17, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 126486988
Cardinal Francisco de Asís Vidal i Barraquer
Added by: Eman Bonnici
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