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Archdiocese of Songea

Archidioecesis Songeanus

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  • Damian Denis Dallu, Archbishop
  • Norbert Wendelin Mtega, Archbishop Emeritus

Suffragan Dioceses

General Information

  • Type of Jurisdiction: Archdiocese
  • Elevated: 18 November 1987
  • Metropolitan See
  • Rite: Latin (or Roman)
  • Country: Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Square Kilometers: 38,600 (14,909 Square Miles)
  • Official Web Site:
  • Mailing Address: Archbishop's House, P.O. Box 152, Songea, Tanzania
  • Telephone: (025)260.2004
  • Fax: 260.2354

Historical Details

Past and Present Ordinaries

Historical Summary

Prefecture Apostolic of Lindi
12 November 1913ErectedVicariate Apostolic of Dar-es-Salaam Prefecture Apostolic of Lindi (erected)
Diocese of Lindi
15 December 1927ElevatedPrefecture Apostolic of Lindi Diocese of Lindi
22 December 1931Territory LostDiocese of Lindi Territorial Abbey of Ndanda (erected)
Territorial Abbey of Peramiho
23 December 1931Name ChangedDiocese of Lindi Territorial Abbey of Peramiho
16 February 1968Territory LostDiocese of Iringa
Territorial Abbey of Peramiho
Diocese of Njombe (erected)
Diocese of Songea
6 February 1969Name ChangedTerritorial Abbey of Peramiho Diocese of Songea
22 December 1986Territory LostDiocese of Songea Diocese of Mbinga (erected)
Archdiocese of Songea
18 November 1987ElevatedDiocese of Songea Archdiocese of Songea


YearCatholicsTotal PopulationPercent CatholicDiocesan PriestsReligious PriestsTotal PriestsCatholics Per PriestPermanent DeaconsMale ReligiousFemale ReligiousParishesSource
Territorial Abbey of Peramiho
Diocese of Songea
Archdiocese of Songea

Note: Any changes in boundaries over time are not indicated in the above table.

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Affiliated Bishops, Deceased


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