Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cotabato

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Archdiocese of Cotabato

Archidioecesis Cotabatensis

Arkidiyosesis ng Cotabato (Tagalog)
Arkidiyosis sang Cotabato (Hiligaynon)
Artsidiyosesis sa Cotabato (Cebuano)
Arquidiócesis de Cotabato (Spanish)
TerritoryCotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and Cotabato City
Ecclesiastical provinceCotabato
Area8,889 km2 (3,432 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
951,000 (45.5%)
DenominationRoman Catholic
Sui iuris churchLatin Church
RiteRoman Rite
CathedralCathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Cotabato
Current leadership
Metropolitan ArchbishopOrlando Quevedo
Auxiliary BishopsJose Colin Mendoza Bagaforo
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cotabato is a metropolitan archdiocese of the Latin Church of the Catholic Church on the island of Mindanao, the Philippines. The Archdiocese includes North Cotabato (also known as the P-PALMA area) and the municipality of Banisilan, Cotabato.

Its cathedral is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Cotabato City, Maguindanao, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) The Archbishop's Palace is at 158 Sinsuat Ave., Rosary Heights, Cotabato City.

Its former archbishop and current apostolic administrator is Orlando Beltran Cardinal Quevedo, after Pope Francis accepted his resignation on November 6, 2018. The Pope appointed Angelito R. Lampon, O.M.I., from the Apostolic Vicariate of Jolo as the new archbishop.[1]


On 11 August 1950, the Territorial Prelature of Cotabato and Sulu was formed out of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Zamboanga. The Territorial prelature included the three provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao.

On 28 October 1953 it was renamed Territorial Prelature of Cotabato when it lost territory to the new the Apostolic Prefecture of Sulu. It lost territory again on 17 December 1960 to establish the Territorial Prelature of Marbel.

On 5 November 1979, Pope John Paul II elevated the Diocese of Cotabato into Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cotabato.


(all Roman Rite)

Territorial Prelate of Cotabato and Suly
Territorial Prelate of Cotabato
Suffragan Bishop of Cotabato
  • Gerard Mongeau, O.M.I. (see above 12 June, 1976 - November 5, 1979 see below)
Archbishops of Cotabato
  • Gerard Mongeau, O.M.I. (see above November 5, 1979 - retired March 14 1980)
  • Philip F. Smith, O.M.I. (March 14, 1980 - retired May 30, 1998), succeeded as former Coadjutor Bishop of Cotabato (1979.04.11 – 1979.11.05) & Titular Bishop of Lamphua (1972.06.26 – 1980.03.14); previously Apostolic Vicar of Jolo (Philippines) (1972.06.26 – 1979.04.11)
  • Orlando Beltran Quevedo, D.D., O.M.I. (May 30, 1998 - resigned November 6, 2018 [1] to be succeeded by Mons. Angelino Lampon, O.M.I.), previously last Bishop-Prelate of Territorial Prelature of Kidapawan (Philippines) (1980.07.23 – 1982.11.15), promoted first Bishop of Kidapawan (1982.11.15 – 1986.03.22), Metropolitan Archbishop of Nueva Segovia (Philippines) (1986.03.22 – 1998.05.30); also President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (C.B.C.P.) (1999 – 2003), President of Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (2005 – 2011.10.21), created Cardinal-Priest of S. Maria Regina Mundi a Torre Spaccata (2014.02.22 [2014.04.24] – ...)
  • Angelino Lampon, O.M.I. (announced on November 6, 2018)[1]


Its ecclesiastical province comprises the Metropolitan's own archbishopric and these Suffragan sees :

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Sources and References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Rinunce e nomine, 06.11.2018". Bolletino Quotidiano (in Italian). Sala Stampa della Santa Sede. Retrieved 6 November 2018.

Coordinates: 7°13′16″N 124°14′49″E / 7.2211°N 124.2470°E / 7.2211; 124.2470