Polycarp Pengo

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His Eminence

Polycarp Pengo
Cardinal, Archbishop emeritus of Dar-es-Salaam
Appointed22 January 1990 (Coadjutor Bishop)
Installed22 July 1992
Term ended15 August 2019
PredecessorLaurean Rugambwa
SuccessorJude Thaddaeus Ruwa'ichi (elect)[1]
Other postsCardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora de La Salette
Ordination20 June 1971
by Charles Msakila
Consecration6 January 1984
by Pope John Paul II
Created cardinal21 February 1998
Personal details
Birth namePolycarp Pengo
Born (1944-08-05) 5 August 1944 (age 75)
Mwazye, Tanzania
DenominationRoman Catholic
Previous post
MottoEcce ego domine
(Here I am, Lord)
Coat of armsPolycarp Pengo's coat of arms

Polycarp Pengo (born 5 August 1944) is a prelate of the Catholic Church who was Archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, from 1992 to 2019. He has been a cardinal since 1998.

Early life and ordination[edit]

Ordained a priest in 1971, he studied Moral Theology in Rome at the Pontifical Lateran University, obtaining a doctorate in 1977. He taught Moral theology in Kipalapala Theological Seminary for a short time, and then became the first Rector of Segerea Theological Seminary in Dar-es-Salaam up to 1983.


He was made Bishop of Nachingwea in 1983, and of Tunduru-Masasi in 1985, assuming the post in that year.

In 1990 he was named Coadjutor Archbishop of Dar es Salaam, and in 1992 he became Archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam, following the resignation of Cardinal Laurean Rugambwa.


Cardinal Pengo was proclaimed a Cardinal by Pope John Paul II in the consistory of 21 February 1998. Pengo was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI and in the 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis.

He has the following Curial Memberships Evangelization of the Peoples, Doctrine of Faith (congregations). Interreligious Dialogue, Culture (councils) Special Council for Africa of the General of the Synod of Bishops.

Since 2007 he is president of the SECAM (Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar).

On 18 September 2012, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a Synod Father for the upcoming October 2012 13th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.[2]

Pope Francis accepted his retirement as archbishop on 15 August 2019.[3]



In 2000, Cardinal Pengo hit out at the commission of homosexual acts, saying it was one of the most heinous sins on earth.[4]

Clashes in Tanzania[edit]

In 2004, he lashed out at the perpetrators of clashes claiming to pursue a religious cause.[5]

Church teaching on AIDS[edit]

Further information: Roman Catholic Church and AIDS

Cardinal Pengo has declared that the AIDS epidemic cannot be overcome by relying exclusively or primarily on the distribution of prophylactics, but only through a strategy based on education to individual responsibility in the framework of a moral view of human sexuality.[6]


  1. ^ https://www.kathpress.at/goto/meldung/1795226/tansania-papst-ernennt-neuen-erzbischof
  2. ^ http://www.microsofttranslator.com/BV.aspx?ref=IE8Activity&a=http%3A%2F%2Fpress.catholica.va%2Fnews_services%2Fbulletin%2Fnews%2F29673.php%3Findex%3D29673%26lang%3Den
  3. ^ "Rinunce e nomine, 15.08.2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  4. ^ Homosexuality one of the most heinous sins on earth
  5. ^ Good Friday Homily
  6. ^ Africa's Bishops Back Pope in AIDS Message Archived 15 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine

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