Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Quevedo on Tuesday hopes his recent membership in the College of Cardinals could contribute to peace in Mindanao and “the formation of righteous leaders in the country.”
“I pray that I can contribute to the good of the people here in Mindanao and to the peace and dialogue being undertaken by the people of various faiths in Mindanao specially with the Bangsamoro. And I pray that I can also contribute in promoting the formation of righteous political leaders in our country,” Quevedo said in an interview over Church-run Radyo Veritas.
“The Pope also envisioned we need to become a humble church of the poor in the Philippines. I pray that I can contribute a little to that vision of Church of the poor in the Philippines,” the Mindanao prelate added.
“I thank the Holy Father for recognizing the people in Mindanao specially the places where there are great problem of peace and to recognize also the poor people of the Philippines,” he said.
Quevedo said he was surprised to learn that Pope Francis on Sunday had named him one of the world’s new cardinals.
On February 22, Quevedo together with 18 other new cardinals from other parts of the world will be elevated to the College of Cardinals in a consistory to be headed by Pope Francis in Rome.