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Pope appoints Tonga’s first Catholic cardinal

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Bishop Sōane Patita Mafi of the diocese of Tonga and Niuē has been appointed a cardinal by Pope Francis.

This is the first time the title has been bestowed on a priest from the kingdom.

At 53, Bishop Mafi is the youngest of the Catholic Church’s 15 new cardinals. Among the other appointments is 95-year-old Archbishop Pimiento Rodriguez, Archbishop Emeritus of Manizales, Colombia.

The new cardinals have been chosen from 13 countries.

A Vatican statement said the Pontiff would summon a formal meeting of the College of Cardinals, known as a Consistory, on February 14, at which they would reflect on the proposals for the reform of the Roman Curia.

The Vatican statement quoted Pope Francis as saying the new Cardinals “manifest the indissoluble links between the Church of Rome and the particular Churches present in the world.”

On February 15 the newly created Cardinal Mafi will take part in a concelebrated mass presided over by the Pope.

Bishop Mafi was the third Tongan to be appointed a Catholic Bishop.

The first Tongan bishop was Pātelesio Fīnau, who served from 1972 – 1993. He was succeeded by Sōane Lilo Foliaki, who served from 1994 – 2008.

The Catholic Church was established in the kingdom in 1842.

Tribute

The news of Bishop Mafi’s elevation has been welcomed by Catholics in the kingdom who see the appointment as making Tonga’s mark in the history of the world’s largest Christian denomination.

Many Tongans have used Facebook to pay tribute to Bishop Mafi.

On the Kainga Fo’ou ‘o ‘Aotearoa forum, a page used by Tongan Catholics in Auckland, a tribute says in Tongan: “Wake up! Let’s shout for joy and be jubilant for the news. Let’s be happy all Tongan Catholic for the honour given to Bishop Soane Patita Mafi. He is cardinal of the church. He is the first Tongan to be appointed to the post.”

Bishop Mafi was born on December 19, 1961 in Nuku’alofa and was ordained as a priest in June 1991.

On October 4, 2007 he was ordained Bishop with the title of Co-adjutor (assistant) Bishop of Tonga and Niue.

On Apr, 18, 2008 he succeeded to the title of the Bishop of Tonga and Niue.

Cardinals

Cardinals hold the highest ecclesiastical positions in the Catholic Church and elect one of their number as Pope.

Known as the Princes of the Church, the Cardinals can wield immense power.

Most are in charge of a diocese or archdiocese, but they may also run departments in the Vatican administration.

In his battle to reform the church, Pope Francis has been highly critical of officials involved in the running of the Vatican, accusing them of vanity, corruption and self interest.

The main points

  • Bishop Sōane Patita Mafi of the diocese of Tonga and Niuē has been appointed a cardinal by Pope Francis.
  • This is the first time the title has been bestowed on a priest from the kingdom.
  • At 53, Bishop Mafi is the youngest of the Catholic Church’s 15 new cardinals. The new cardinals have been chosen from 13 countries.
  • On February 15 the newly created Cardinal Mafi will take part in a concelebrated mass presided over by the Pope.

For more information

http://w2.vatican.va/content/vatican/en.html

‘Pope announces names of new Cardinals’ (Official Vatican News)

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  1. Kuo fakanofo ʻa e ʻepikopō ʻo Tonga mo Niueé, Soane Patita Mafi ko ha Kātinali ʻe Tuʻi Tapu Falakiko.

    Ko e fuofua taimi ʻeni ke fakanofo ai ha pātele mei he puleʻanga fakatuʻí ki he taitolo ko ʻení.

    Ko e taʻu 53 ʻeni ʻo ʻEpikopō Mafi pea ko e siʻisiʻi taha ia ʻi he kau katinali foʻou ko ʻeni ʻa e Siasi Katoliká ʻe toko 15 kuo filí. Ko kinautolu kehe kuo fakanofó ʻoku kau ai ʻa e ʻAlekiʻepikopō mālōlō ko Pimiento Rodriguez taʻu 95 ʻo Manizales, Kolomipia.

    Ko e kau kātinali foʻou ko ʻení ko e fili ia mei he ngaahi fonua kehekehe ʻe 13.

    Kuo tuku mai ha fakamatala mei he Vatikanó ʻo pehe ʻe talaki ʻe he Tuʻi Tapú ha fakataha ʻa e kau Katinalí ʻa ia ko e fakatahaʻanga ʻeni ʻa e kau kātinalí ʻoku ʻiloa ko e konisitōliá ʻi Fēpueli ʻaho 14 pea te nau laaulea ai ki he ngaahi fokotuʻutuʻu ki hono fakafoʻou ʻo e kūlia Loma pe ʻoku ʻuhinga ʻeni ki he ʻōfisi faka-Tuʻi Tapu ʻi he Vatikanó.

    Naʻe to e tuku mai ʻi he fakamatala mei he Vatikanó ha tōfolofola ʻa e Tuʻi Tapú ʻo pehē ʻe toe siofi ofi ange ʻe he kau Katinali foʻoú e ngaahi fehokotaki kuo tuʻu tolonga mai ʻi he vā ʻo e Katoliká mo e ngaahi siasi mahino ʻe niʻihi ʻi māmani he lolotongá ni.

    ʻI Fēpueli ʻaho 15 ʻe kau atu ʻa Katinali Mafi ki ha misa ʻe tataki ʻe he Tuʻi Tapú mo ha kau faifekau.

    Ko ʻEpikopō Mafi ʻa e Tonga hono tolu ke fakanofo ko ha ʻEpikopō Katolika.

    Ko e ʻuluaki Tonga ke ʻepikopoó ko Pātelesio Fīnau, ʻa ia ne toʻo fatongia he siasí mei he 1972 – 1993. Naʻe hoko hake ai a Soane Lilo Foliaki mei he 1994 – 2008.

    Naʻe fokotuʻu ʻa e lotu Katoliká ʻi Tonga he 1842.

    Kuo talitali lelei e ongoongo ki hono fakanofo ʻo Mafí ʻe he kau Katolika he puleʻanga fakatuʻí mo taku e fakanofó ko hano fakaʻilongaʻi ia ʻo Tonga ʻi he hisitōlia ʻo e siasi Fakakalisitiane tokolahi taha ʻi māmaní.

    Tokolahi e kakai Tonga kuo nau fakaʻaongaʻi e Feisipuká ke fai ai ʻenau talamonū kia ʻEpikopō Mafi.

    ʻI ha peesi ʻoku ui ko e Kainga Foʻou ʻo Aotearoa ʻoku tohi ai ʻa e talamonū ko ʻeni: À Mai. Ko ongo ongo ena ke tau mavava mo pātapata ai. Fief ia mo au a e Tonga Katolika he fakalangilangi kuo fai o fakahoko a Epikopō Soane Patita Mafi ko e Kātinali o e Siasi Katolika. Ko e fuofua Tonga eni ki he lakanga.

    Naʻe fanauʻi ʻa Epikopō Mafi ʻi Tīsema ʻaho 19, 1961 ʻi Nukuʻalofa pea fakanofo pātele ʻi Sune 1991.

    ʻI ʻOkatopa ʻaho 4, 2007 ne fakanofo ia ko e ʻepikopō ʻaki e taitolo ko e Tokoni ʻEpikopō ʻo Tonga mo Niuē.

    ʻI he aho 18 ʻo ʻEpeli 2008 ne ne hoko ai ko e ʻEpikopō ʻo Tonga mo Niuē.

    ʻOku maʻu ʻe he kau katinalí ʻa e lakanga māʻolunga taha ʻi he ngaahi tufakanga fakaʻēkelesia ʻi he Siasi Katoliká pea ko kinautolu ʻoku fili mei ai ʻa e Tuʻi Tapú.

    ʻOku ʻiloa kinautolu ko e kau Pilinisi ʻo e Siasí pea ʻoku lava ke hilifaki kia kinautolu ha mafai lahi.

    Ko e tokolahi ʻo kinautolú ʻoku nau tokangaʻi ha ngaahi siasi fakafeituʻu fakafonua ʻo hangē ko hono fakatahaʻi ʻo Tonga mo NIuē ʻo ui ia ʻo ui ia ko e taiosisi.

    Pea niʻihi nau ʻoku nau puleʻi e ngaahi ʻalekitaiosisi ʻa ia ko e ngaahi siasi ʻi ha fonua pe feituʻu ʻoku toe lahi ange kinautolu he taiosisí.

    ʻOku toe malava pe foki ke fakalele kau kātinalí ha ngaahi potungāue ʻi he ʻofisi koi a ʻo e Vatikanó ʻi Lomá.

    ʻI he feinga ko ʻeni ke fai hono saupulu mo fakafoʻou e siasí kuo mahino e toutou tōfolofola ʻa Tuʻi Tapu Falakiko ʻo kau ki he ʻasi mei he kau ʻofisiale ʻe niʻihi ʻoku nau fakalele ʻa e Vatikanó e ngaahi anga hīkisia, ngāue halaʻaki e mafaí pea pehē ki he meʻa ko e taki taha fai maʻana.