DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     September 13, 1999     vol. 10, no. 173


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      Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we spotlight each member of the Conclave in alphabetical order. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, The Official Catholic Directory, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

97.   Cardinal Polycarp Pengo

        Born in Mwayze, Tanzania on August 5, 1944, Cardinal Polycarp Pengo became a priest on his birthday in 1971 at the age of 27. After more schooling, he became a professor of moral theology at the Major Seminary in Kipalapala, Tanzania in 1977 and Rector of the Major Seminary in Segera a year later where he remained until 1983 when Pope John Paul II named him Bishop of Nachingwea on January 6, 1984. Two years later the Holy Father transferred him to the See of Tunduru-Massai. His tenure there lasted until January 22, 1990 when he was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam and two years to the date he was elevated to Archbishop of the same See succeeding Cardinal Laurean Rugambwa, the first native African bishop ever consecrated in his homeland who had retired because of age.

        Cardinal Pengo also succeeded Cardinal Rugambwa as the second cardinal named from Tanzania when the Holy Father included him in the most recent Consistory of February 21, 1998, bestowing on Cardinal Pengo the titular church of Our Lady of La Salette. In addition to his current duties as Archbishop of Tanzania's largest See, he has curial membership in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue. Residing at the Archbishop's residence in Dare-es-Salaam, Tanzania the torch has been passed from Cardinal Rugambwa to Cardinal Pengo who, at age 55 represents the new, younger wave of the newer cardinals who will have an impact on the Church in the new millennium.

September 13, 1999       volume 10, no. 173


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