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New Filipino cardinal 'humbled' by appointment

"God's gift always has a surprise," says Quevedo reporter, Manila

January 14, 2014

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Cardinal-designate Orlando Quevedo said his elevation to the College of Cardinals shows the recognition Pope Francis offers to the people in Mindanao, “especially the places where there are great problems of peace.”

He was one of two Asian prelates named to the College of Cardinals by Pope Francis on Sunday. Also named was Cardinal-designate Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul, 70.

Cardinal-designate Quevedo said he is praying that with his appointment he will be able to contribute to peace and dialogue in the southern Philippines and in the formation of “righteous leaders” in the country.

He said his appointment came as a surprise.

“I did not believe it because I was not thinking about it ... God’s gift always has a surprise and it makes one humble before God,” he said in a radio interview on Tuesday.

He said the pope might have chosen him because his archdiocese encompasses all the problems facing the Philippines, including poverty, peace and justice issues and the relationship between Christians and Muslims.

He said that as a member of the College of Cardinals he will try to contribute to Pope Francis’ vision of a church of the poor.

“As the pope also envisioned, we need to become a humble church of the poor in the Philippines,” he said.

Cardinal-designate Quevedo will be the eighth Filipino to be elevated to the College of Cardinals and the first from Mindanao.

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