Polycarp Cardinal Pengo Polycarp Cardinal Pengo
Function:
Archbishop of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
Title:
Cardinal Priest of Nostra Signora de La Salette
Birthdate:
Aug 05, 1944
Country:
Tanzania
Elevated:
Feb 21, 1998
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English Good Friday Homily
Nov 18, 2004
The head of the Catholic Church in Tanzania, Polycarp Cardinal Pengo has lashed out at the perpetrators of clashes claiming to pursue a religious cause.

(Guardian, April 10, 2004) Delivering a Good Friday homily held at the national level at the Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) in Dar es Salaam, Cardinal Pengo also criticised corrupt leaders who amass wealth in total disregard of the majority poor.

In his message, Cardinal Pengo warned that the concept of sacrificing life or dying for one‚s religion was taking root among Christians. But he condemned the feat saying it defied the teachings of the Holy Bible.

He urged the rich to care for the hungry poor who are forced to spend some extra energy to get their daily bread.
The current trend whereby a few rich amass wealth is a time bomb, which would explode when the majority poor run out of patience, Pengo said.

„No hungry person can sit back and watch,while there is another one who has more than enough”, he cautioned.
On the activities of political parties, Cardinal Pengo discouraged any suggestion of an army for a party, saying this would set a bad precedent.

He noted that while the country could have as many political parties as possible, for the sake of peace and tranquillity, none should form its own army.

The army should remain a business of the state, Pengo said, stressing that peace in the country could not be maintained by multiple security forces.

The prelate also bemoaned corruption, saying the evil had grown into proportions, ravaging sensitive organs like the judiciary, which are expected to protect individuals‚ rights.

As we went to press, reports reaching this paper indicated that thousands of Christians turned up for Mass all over the country in commemoration of the death of Jesus Christ more than 2000 years ago.

The police had promised tight security throughout Easter festivities.
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