Who is Cardinal Orlando Quevedo?
by FFE PH News Staff
Pope Francis has just elevated Cotabato Archbishop Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI to cardinal. Church groups and officials welcomed the news with joy as early as Sunday.
Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said ‘The CBCP is elated to receive the news. Cardinal-elect Quevedo… is known in the CBCP for his mental clarity and intellectual brilliance. He is an archbishop who is truly passionate for the formation of basic ecclesial communities.’
College of Cardinals member Manila Archibishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said the appointment is a blessing to the Church. ‘The Church in the Philippines and Asia has been greatly blessed these past decades by the service and leadership of Archbishop Quevedo. Now this blessing extends to the whole Church.’
Quevedo is a member of the order Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI). But before joining the OMI, Quevedo was a street newsboy for OMI-owned Mindanao Cross and used his income to finance his studies at Notre Dame of Marbel High School in Koronadal City, in South Cotabato.
During the 65th foundation anniversary of the newspaper, Quevedo said ‘I had 50 copies weekly. If I sold all of them, I would earn Php5, a lot of money then and enough to finance my school needs.’
Quevedo served as an altar boy during high school. He then entered the San Jose Seminary in Quezon City after high school. Soon, he became one of the Oblate’s first members in the Philippines.
Quevedo later co-founded Bishop Ulama Conference of the Philippines (BUC) with the late Lanao del Sur governor Mahid Mutilan. A congregation of faiths, BUC is active in inter-religious dialogues and spearheads the Mindanao Week of Peace celebrations.
The CBCP said Quevedo could be instrumental in strengthening Pope Francis’ reach in Mindanao. Villegas said ‘A cardinal from Mindanao is a papal tribute to the strength of the Catholic faith in that region of our country. It is a proof that the Catholic faith in Mindanao is now bearing rich fruits. Cardinal Quevedo is its living testimony.’