Archbishop Quevedo desires to work for peace in Mindanao

March 1, 2014 10:12 am 

MANILA, Feb. 28 — Cotabato Archbishop Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, who is being called “Cardinal Peace” desires to work for peace in Mindanao but does not want to be in the forefront.

“When they say ‘Cardinal Peace’, I am not in front. I am behind. I am behind the curtain. (Both sides) would consult me, but my name does not appear… I want to work for peace, yes, but not in the forefront. I want to stay in the background,” the archbishop said in an article posted on the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news website.

The newest member of the Vatican’s College of Cardinals said “mutual mistrust that creates all the misinformation” is at the root of the Mindanao conflict.

“The fear of the Christians and the fear of the Muslims towards each other are fed by these misunderstandings and mistrust,” Quevedo said.

With this, he revealed the inter-religious dialogue between Christians and Muslims in the region.

“The dialogue with students in my university, we have a dialogue of life,” the cardinal said, as he described how Muslims and Christians would study, play and even pray together.

“We pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be, then we say ‘Notre Dame, pray for us’. The Muslims might not pray the Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be, but when we say Notre Dame, they also say, ‘Pray for us’,” he said.

Quevedo added there is also “sharing of religious experiences," where non-government organizations (NGOs) that are Christians and Muslims share their religious experiences.

“And the third level, in which I am engaged, is the level of Theological discussion,” Quevedo said, explaining that when a Muslim scholar presented what the Koran said, “you would see that there are convergences between the Biblical and the Koran views.”

Also included in the discussion are creation, environment, and climate change involving Protestant bishops and Pastors, the Catholic Bishops of Mindanao, and the Imams and Muslim scholars.

On February 22, Pope Francis officially elevated Quevedo to the College of Cardinals together with 18 other bishops from other countries. (PNA)

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