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|Cardinal, Archbishop emeritus of Dar-es-Salaam|
|Appointed||22 January 1990 (Coadjutor Bishop)|
|Installed||22 July 1992|
|Term ended||15 August 2019|
|Successor||Jude Thaddaeus Ruwa'ichi (elect)|
|Other posts||Cardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora de La Salette|
|Ordination||20 June 1971|
by Charles Msakila
|Consecration||6 January 1984|
by Pope John Paul II
|Created cardinal||21 February 1998|
|Birth name||Polycarp Pengo|
|Born||5 August 1944|
|Motto||Ecce ego domine|
(Here I am, Lord)
|Coat of arms|
Early life and ordination
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.
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).
In 2000, Cardinal Pengo hit out at the commission of homosexual acts, saying it was one of the most heinous sins on earth.
Clashes in Tanzania
In 2004, he lashed out at the perpetrators of clashes claiming to pursue a religious cause.
Church teaching on AIDS
- 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.
- "Rinunce e nomine, 15.08.2019" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 15 August 2019. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
- Homosexuality one of the most heinous sins on earth
- Good Friday Homily
- Africa's Bishops Back Pope in AIDS Message Archived 15 June 2010 at the Wayback Machine