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Philippines: new cardinal pledges to continue search for peace in Mindanao

Catholic World News - February 28, 2014

A Filipino prelate, newly elevated to the College of Cardinals, has pledged to continue his work for peace in the troubled province of Mindanao, the AsiaNews service reports.

Cardinal Orlando Beltran Quevedo of Cotabato, who received his red hat from Pope Francis on February 22, said that he would work for a lasting ceasefire to stop the conflict between government troops and Islamic rebels in the southern province. But he will not take a public role, he said. “I want to work for peace, yes, but not in the forefront. I want to stay in the background.”

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