Orlando Quevedo

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His Eminence
Orlando B. Quevedo
O.M.I, D.D.
Cardinal, Archbishop of Cotabato
Cardinal Quevedo in 2016 (Crop).png
Orlando Quevedo in 2016.
Province Cotabato
See Cotabato
Installed 30 May 1998
Predecessor Philip Francis Smith, O.M.I (†)
Successor incumbent
Other posts Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria "Regina Mundi" a Torre Spaccata
Ordination June 5, 1964
Consecration November 15, 1982
by Bruno Torpigliani
Created cardinal February 22, 2014
by Pope Francis
Rank Cardinal-Priest
Personal details
Born (1939-03-11) 11 March 1939 (age 79)
Laoag, Ilocos Norte, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Motto "Caritas congaudet veritati (Love rejoices in the truth)"
Coat of arms Orlando B. Quevedo's coat of arms
Ordination history of
Orlando Quevedo
Priestly ordination
Date of ordination 5 June 1964
Episcopal consecration
Principal consecrator Bruno Torpigliani
Co-consecrators Philip Francis Smith, OMI
Federico O. Escaler, SJ
Date of consecration 28 October 1980
Elevated by Pope Francis
Date of elevation 22 February 2014
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Orlando Quevedo as principal consecrator
Jose Colin Mendoza Bagaforo 25 April 2006
Styles of
Orlando B. Quevedo
Coat of arms of Orlando Beltran Quevedo.svg
Reference style His Eminence
Spoken style Your Eminence
Informal style Cardinal

Orlando Beltran Quevedo[pronunciation?] (born 11 March 1939) is a Filipino Cardinal and the current Archbishop of Cotabato. On January 12, 2014, Pope Francis named him as one of 19 new cardinals of the Catholic Church. He was created a cardinal in the consistory of February 22, 2014.

Early life[edit]

Orlando Beltran Quevedo was born on March 11, 1939, in Laoag, Ilocos Norte. Beginning in 1945, he attended grades 1 to 3 in Laoag Shamrock School, and finished grades 4 to 6 in Marbel Central Elementary School in Marbel, South Cotabato, graduating in 1950. He attended Notre Dame High School in Marbel from 1950 to 1954.[1]


Quevedo studied at San José Seminary from 1954 to 1956, but spent his novitiate in St. Peter's Novitiate in Mission, Texas. He earned his degree in Philosophy from San José Seminary in 1960, and in 1964 received his S.T.B. and MA in Religious Education from Oblate College (Catholic University of America) in Washington, D.C.. He was ordained a priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate on June 5, 1964.[1]

In 1964, he was assigned assistant parish priest of Cotabato Cathedral,[1]


Quevedo was appointed Bishop-Prelate of Kidapawan by Pope John Paul II on October 28, 1980.[2] Upon the prelature's elevation to diocese, he assumed the title Bishop of Kidapawan.

On March 22, 1986, he was named Archbishop of Nueva Segovia in Ilocos Sur, and[2] on May 30, 1998, he was named Archbishop of Cotabato.[2]


On January 12, 2014, Pope Francis named Quevedo as one of 19 men to be inducted into the College of Cardinals in the consistory of February 22, 2014, with the titular church of Santa Maria "Regina Mundi" a Torre Spaccata.[3][4] He is the first cardinal from Mindanao[4] and the second current Filipino cardinal-elector, along with Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila. Pope Francis named him member in Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

Other posts[edit]

In 1994 Quevedo received the most votes for election to the General Council of the Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in Rome.[4]

Quevedo is a former secretary-general of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences and former president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Most Rev. Orlando Beltran Quevedo, OMI, D.D." Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Orlando Beltran Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I." Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. [self-published source]
  3. ^ "Pope Francis Announces Names of New Cardinals". Vatican Radio. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "FIRST FROM MINDANAO: Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo among 16 new cardinals". News5. 12 January 2014. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Esmaquel II, Paterno (16 January 2014). "New cardinal: 'Spokesman' from the poorest islands". Rappler. Retrieved 3 February 2014. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Oscar V. Cruz
CBCP President
Succeeded by
Fernando Capalla
Preceded by
Federico Escaler, SJ
Bishop of Kidapawan
23 July 1980 – 22 March 1986
Succeeded by
Juan de Dios Mataflorida Pueblos
Preceded by
Jose Tomas Sanchez
Archbishop of Nueva Segovia
22 March 1986 – 30 May 1998
Succeeded by
Edmundo M. Abaya
Preceded by
Philip Smith
Archbishop of Cotabato
30 May 1998 – Present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Simon Pimenta
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Maria "Regina Mundi" a Torre Spaccata
February 22, 2014 – present