Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Quevedo of Cotabato; names Bishop Lampon as successor

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Quevedo of Cotabato; names Bishop Lampon as successor

By Roy Lagarde

November 6, 2018

Manila, Philippines

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, the archbishop of Cotabato, and named Bishop Angelito Lampon of Jolo as his successor.

The resignation and appointment were made public in Rome on Tuesday at noon (7:00pm local time).

The 79-year-old cardinal submitted his resignation four years ago upon reaching the canonical age of retirement, but the pope had not accepted it up to this point.

Instead, the pope appointed him as cardinal, the first from Mindanao, two months before he turned 75.

Both Quevedo and Lampon belong to the congregation of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI).

Bishop Lampon was born in M’lang, Cotabato, on March 1, 1950.

After carrying out his novitiate with the OMI in Tamontaka, Cotabato, he studied philosophy at the San Jose Major Seminary and theology at the Loyola School of Theology, both on the campus of the Ateneo de Manila University in Quezon City.

He was ordained a priest for the OMI on March 26, 1977.

His other assignments were as follows:

    • Parish priest in Lebak, Sultan Kudarat and in the Cathedral of Cotabato (1977-1978)
    • Staff member of the Notre Dame Archdiocesan Seminary (1979-1981)
    • Director of Postulants and Scholastics of the OMI (1988-1992)
    • Provincial Superior, OMI Philippine Province (1988-1992)
    • General Counsellor of OMI at their general administration in Rome (1992-1997)

On his return to the Philippines, he was appointed apostolic vicar of Jolo on November 21, 1997.

In 2012, then Pope Benedict XVI appointed him to be part of the Rome-based Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.

In the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Lampon headed the Commission on Interreligious Dialogue from 2011 to 2017. Currently, he is the chairman of the Commission on Ecumenical Affairs.

Quevedo is the first cardinal from Mindanao, a land that has been home to conflict since 1960s when the Muslim minority launched an armed struggle for their ancestral homeland.

After 20 years, the cardinal will leave the archdiocese with about 87 diocesan and religious priests, and more than a hundred nuns.

But even if he is retired, the pope asked him to continue as “apostolic administrator” of the archdiocese until Lampon takes canonical possession.

He could also still function as cardinal until he reached the age of 80 in which he can no longer vote for a new pope.

The eighth cardinal from the Philippines, he was Pope Francis’ special envoy to the 150th anniversary celebration of the “Hidden Christians of Japan” that was held in Nagasaki in March 2015.

Unknown to many, Pope Francis also sent Cardinal Quevedo to beatify 17 martyrs of Laos in December 2016.