Dar es Salaam, 21 June, 2021 / 11:08 pm (ACI Africa).
On the occasion of his Golden Jubilee of Priestly service on Sunday, June 20, Polycarp Cardinal Pengo of Tanzania was recognized by the President of the East African nation for fostering peace and unity and “relationships among different faiths.”
Cardinal Pengo was awarded a certificate of recognition by President Samia Suluhu Hassan who was represented by Tanzania’s Vice-President, Dr. Philip Mpango.
In her speech given by the Vice President during the event that took place at Msimbazi center in Tanzania’s largest city and former capital, Dar-es-Salaam, President Suluhu expressed gratitude to the Archbishop emeritus of Dar-es-Salaam Archdiocese and pledged to continue supporting the Catholic Church leader’s initiatives.
“I wish to congratulate you for commemorating 50 years of priestly services; the government recognizes your efforts towards contributing to strengthening peace, unity and love as well as relationships among different faiths. The government will continue supporting your efforts,” President Suluhu stated.
The President donated an amount of money not immediately disclosed to support Cardinal Pengo’s initiative to build a church at Makulunge area of Bagamoyo in Tanzania’s Diocese of Morogoro.