Archbishop Protase Rugambwa

Cardinal Protase Rugambwa at Santa Maria in Montesanto, Feb. 18 | Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Tanzanian Cardinal Takes Possession of Rome’s "Church of the Artists", His Titular See

Feb 19, 2024

The Local Ordinary of Tanzania’s Tabora Archdiocese, Protase Cardinal Rugambwa, has taken possession of his titular see, Santa Maria in Montesanto. The church, also known as the “Church of the Artists”, is one of the twin churches that sits in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo, alongside the adjacent Santa Maria dei Miracoli.

A delegation of the South African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC) meeting President Ramaphosa in January 2020. Credit: SACBC

President of South Africa Lauds Naming of Cardinal as “cause for pride"

Jul 12, 2023

The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has lauded the July 9 naming of Archbishop Stephen Brislin of the country’s Cape Town Archdiocese Cardinal as a “cause for pride”.

Archbishop Protase Rugambwa with Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Tanzanian Cardinal-designate to Foster “what is expected of any minister with same office”

Jul 11, 2023

Archbishop Protase Rugambwa, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Tabora in Tanzania, who is among the 21 newly named Cardinals has told ACI Africa that he will continue to provide leadership as expected of him as a Cardinal.

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin of Juba in South Sudan during the July 10 press conference. Credit: CRN

“Not an elevation for a single person”: South Sudanese Cardinal-designate

Jul 11, 2023

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin of Juba in South Sudan, one of the three Africans named Cardinals on July 9, has said that his elevation to Cardinal is for the people of people of God in a country searching for lasting peace, and not for his personal interests. 

Cardinal-designate Stephen Brislin receiving gifts from Pope Francis during the Ad Limina Visit of members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC). Credit: SACBC

“We are happy”: Catholic Bishops in Southern Africa on Naming of New Cardinal

Jul 10, 2023

The naming of Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town in South Africa among 21 new Cardinals has been met with joy and happiness by members of the Southern African Catholic Bishops' Conference (SACBC).

Archbishop Stephen Ameyu Martin (center), Archbishop Stephen Brislin (left) and Archbishop Protase Rugambwa (right) among the 21 cardinals named by Pope Francis on July 9, 2023.

The Three Newly Named Cardinals from Africa

Jul 9, 2023

Three Catholic Church leaders from South Sudan, South Africa, and Tanzania are among the 21 Cardinals that the Holy Father named after reciting the Angelus prayer on Sunday, July 9.

South Sudanese Archbishop Whose Transfer was Resisted among 21 Newly Named Cardinals

Jul 9, 2023

The Local Ordinary of South Sudan’s Juba Archdiocese, whose transfer to the country’s only Metropolitan See was resisted amid multiple protest letters is among the new Cardinals that Pope Francis has named. 

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town in South Africa, one of the three Africans named Cardinals on Sunday, July 9. Credit: SACBC

“Quite confused, bewildered”: South African Archbishop on Being Named Cardinal

Jul 9, 2023

Archbishop Stephen Brislin of Cape Town in South Africa, one of the three Africans named Cardinals on Sunday, July 9 says he is “surprised” by his naming.

Archbishop Protase Rugambwa with Pope Francis in Rome. Credit: Vatican Media

Former Secretary of Evangelization Dicastery Appointed Coadjutor Archbishop in Tanzania

Apr 14, 2023

Pope Francis has appointed the former Secretary of the Dicastery for Evangelization, Archbishop Protase Rugambwa, as the Coadjutor Archbishop for Tanzania’s Tabora Archdiocese.