His Eminence Polycarp Pengo
Cardinal-Archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam
22 January 1990 (Coadjutor Bishop)
22 July 1992
Cardinal-Priest of Nostra Signora de La Salette
Ordination 20 June 1971 by Charles Msakila
6 January 1984 by Pope John Paul II
21 February 1998
Birth name: Polycarp Pengo
5 August 1944 (age 68) Mwazye, Tanzania
Bishop of Nachingwea (1984 – 1986)
Bishop of Tunduru-Masasi (1986 – 1990)
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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 up to 1983.
He was made Bishop of Nachingwea in 1983, and of Tunduru-Masasi in 1986, assuming the post the following 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 February 21, 1998. Pengo was one of the cardinal electors who participated in the 2005 papal conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI.
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.
On Tuesday, September 18, 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.