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)
Territory Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao and Cotabato City
Ecclesiastical province Cotabato
Area 8,889 km2 (3,432 sq mi)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2013)
951,000 (45.5%)
Denomination Roman Catholic
Sui iuris church Latin Church
Rite Roman Rite
Cathedral Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Cotabato
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Metropolitan Archbishop Orlando Quevedo
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.
Jurisdiction of the metropolitan see within the Philippines.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cotabato is a Latin Metropolitan archbishopric of the Catholic Church in the Philippines, covering the Province of Cotabato, on the vast island of Mindanao.

Its cathedral archiepiscopal see is the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Cotabato City, Maguindanao, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)

The Archdiocese includes the entire 1st District of North Cotabato (also known as the P-PALMA area) and the Municipality of Banisilan.

The office of the Archdiocese of Cotabato is located at the Archbishop's Palace, P.O. Box 186, 158 Sinsuat Ave., Rosary Heights, 9600 Cotabato City.

Its Current Metropolitan Archbishop is Orlando Beltran Cardinal Quevedo.


Established on 11 August 1950 as Territorial Prelature of Cotabato and Sulu, on territory (the three provinces of North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Maguindanao) split off from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Zamboanga (?suffragan of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro)

Renamed on 28 October 1953 as Territorial Prelature of Cotabato, having lost territory to establish the Apostolic Prefecture of Sulu. Lost territory again on 1960.12.17 to establish the then Territorial Prelature of Marbel (now its suffragan diocese).

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)
  • H.E. Orlando Beltran Cardinal Quevedo, D.D., O.M.I. (May 30, 1998 - ...), 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] – ...)


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

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