8 Apr 2015

Tonga prepares to celebrate Mafi's ordination

1:49 pm on 8 April 2015

Preparations are underway in Tonga to celebrate the ordination of Soane Patita Paini Mafi as a cardinal of the Catholic Church.

The Tongan King Tupou VI and other members of the royal family will attend the national celebration on Saturday.

Radio Tonga reports the celebrations will be held at Saint Mary's square in 'Apifo'ou College.

Cardinal Mafi is among an elite group who will have voting rights on Pope Francis' successor.

He was ordained in Rome last month.

Cardinal Mafi, Pope Francis

Cardinal Mafi, Pope Francis Photo: AFP

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