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Beltran Quevedo Orlando

Cardinal, Archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines

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.

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.

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.

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

Quevedo was appointed Bishop-Prelate of Kidapawan by Pope John Paul II on October 28, 1980. 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 on May 30, 1998, he was named Archbishop of Cotabato.

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. He is the first cardinal from Mindanao and the second current Filipino cardinal-elector, along with Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila.

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

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

[September 2016]
Source: Wikipedia

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