Bishop Mafi says it’s a significant year for Tonga with a new government and his Majesty’s coronation

    Catholic Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi has for the first time publicly paid tribute to the new Prime Minister of Tonga and the new popularly elected Tongan government.

    Speaking before his departure for Rome, Bishop Mafi told Tongan Catholics this year was especially important because of the coming coronation of His Majesty King Tupou VI in July.

    The bishop will be elevated to the rank of cardinal in a ceremony on Saturday, February 14.

    He will become the church’s youngest cardinal.

    Bishop Mafi said his grandfather Maletino Mafi was the first young Tongan to travel to Rome when he went there in 1912 with Bishop Joseph Félix Blanc, SM. Blanc, also known as ‘Epikopō Tipanio, was working for the Diocese of Tonga at the time  was appointed bishop. Maletino was taken by the French missionary to help carry his bags, Bishop Mafi said.

    Celebration

    He reminded his Tongan parishioners and supporters he wanted them to put the spiritual side of his appointment first before any worldly celebration.

    Kaniva Pacific understands hundreds of Tongans from Tonga and overseas are travelling to Rome to join the bishop in his ordination.

    Bishop Mafi told the committee organising the celebration of his elevation that he did not want them to put a heavy burden on the congregation.

    The celebration will be held on April 11 after Lent, which runs from Ash Wednesday (February 18) to Holy Saturday on April 4.

    Niue

    Bishop Mafi will also be responsible for Niue which he will visit later this year to attend the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Catholic church’s establishment on the island.

    He said this was an opportunity for him to meet Niueans after his appointment.

    He said there would be one celebration to mark his elevation for the various parishes on Tongatapu. He said the outer islands would have their own celebrations when he visited those parishes.

    He also planned to visit Tongan communities in New Zealand, Australia and the United States.

    First Catholic school in Tonga

    Cardinal Mafi said this year the Catholic Church would celebrate the 150th anniversary of its first school in Tonga.

    The Sangato Sitaniselao school was established at ‘Ahopanilolo in Ma’ofanga by Fr Lapase. About 22 years later the school was moved to where ‘Apifo’ou College now stands.

    The college celebrated its 125th anniversary in December 2012. It counted its anniversary from the day when the school moved from ‘Ahopanilolo to ‘Apifo’ou.

    The first pioneer students of the Sangato Sitaniselao School were among the first civil servants in the government of Tonga, the bishop said.

    Bishop Mafi said he benefitted from the work of pioneers like Fr Lapase.

    Government of PM Pohiva and King Coronation

    Bishop Mafi said this was the first opportunity for him to pay his tribute to the Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, His Deputy Hon Siaosi Sovaleni and all the cabinet ministers of the new government of Tonga.

    He said he wished the first government elected by the people of Tonga all the best and asked that God bring them energy and strength to run the government.

    He said this year was important year for Tonga because of the coronation of His Majesty King Tupou VI in July.

    He reminded Tongan Catholics that many visitors would be traveling to Tonga this year and he wished the spirit of love to be upon the country while they braced for the king’s coronation.

    Bishop Mafi said he would pray for King Tupou VI and the Queen and the whole of Tonga during his elevation in St Peter’s basilica in Rome.

    Their Majesties King Tupou VI and Queen Nanasipau’u are currently in Europe and according to reports they will be in Rome to join Bishop Mafi’s elevation.

    The main points

    • Catholic Bishop Soane Patita Mafi has for the first time publicly paid tribute to the new Prime Minister of Tonga and the new popularly elected Tongan government.
    • Speaking before his departure for Rome, Bishop Mafi told Tongan Catholics that this year was especially important because of the coming coronation of His Majesty King Tupou VI in July.
    • The bishop will be elevated to the rank of cardinal in a ceremony on Saturday.
    • He will become the church’s youngest cardinal.

    For more information

    ‘Pope Francis casts into the deep to find two cardinals for Oceania’ (Catholic News Agency) 

    Pope Francis names new cardinals (Catholic TV)

    The Holy See (The Vatican)

    1 COMMENT

    1. Ko e fuofua taimi ‘eni ke talaki fakahāhā ai ʻe he ʻEiki ʻEpikopō ʻo e Taiosisi ʻo Tonga mo Niueé ʻa ʻene talamonū ki he Palēmia ʻo Tongá mo e Puleʻanga fili foʻoú.
      ʻI haʻane meʻa pea toki meʻa atu ki Lomá ne pehē ai ʻe ʻEpikopō Mafi ki he kāinga Katolika Tongá ko e taʻu mahuʻinga ʻeni koeʻuhī ko e ʻamanaki hilifaki kalauni ʻo ʻEne ʻAfió Kingi Tupou VI ʻi Siulaí.
      ʻE fakanofo ʻa e ʻEpikopoó ki he lakanga māʻolunga ʻi he siasí ko e katinalí ʻi ha ouau ʻi he Tokonaki ko
      ení, hono 14 ʻo Fēpuelí.

      ʻE hoko ai ia ko e katinali siʻisiʻi taha ia ʻi he siasí.
      Naʻe meʻa ʻa ʻEpikopō Mafi ʻo pehē ko ʻene kuí ʻa Maletino Mafi ko e fuofua Tonga pea kei siʻi ke folau ki Loma ʻi he 1912 mo ʻEiki ʻEpikopō Tipanio. Naʻe lolotonga ngāue ʻa e ʻepikopoo ni ʻi he Taiosisi ʻo Tongá he taimi koia pea ko ʻena meʻa ʻeni mo Maletino ki he fakanofo ia ke hoko ki he lakanga ʻEpikopō. Naʻe ʻave ʻe he misinale Falaniseé ni ʻa Maletino ke toʻotoʻo ʻene kató ko e meʻa ia ʻa ʻEpikopō Mafí.
      Naʻá ne fakamanatu ki he kāʻinga ʻo e ngaahi palōkia Tongá kotoa pehē ki hono kau poupoú ke nau fakamuʻomuʻa ʻa e tafaʻaki fakalaumālié ʻi heʻenau teu ko ia ke fakaʻilongaʻi ʻa hono fakanofó kae ʻikai ko e ngaahi kātoanga faka-e-māmaní.
      ʻOku mahino foki ki he Kaniva Pacific ʻoku laungeau ʻa e kāinga Tonga mei Tonga mo muli ʻoku nau folau atu ki Loma ke kaungā kau fakataha mo e ʻEiki ʻEpikopoó ʻi hono ouau fakanofó.
      Kuo ʻi ai foki e kōmiti ʻa e Siasí ke nau fokotuʻutuʻu ha kātoanga ke maʻalali e fakanofo ʻo Mafí ka kuó ne fakahā kia kinautolu ʻa e ʻikai ke ne loto ke fakakavengaʻi ʻa e kāinga lotú.
      ʻE toki fakahoko ʻa e kātoanga maʻalali ko ʻení ʻi he ʻaho 11 ʻo ʻEpelelí ʻi ha hili e taimi Fakamamahi ʻa e Siasí ʻa ia ʻoku lele foki ia mei he Pulelulu ʻo e Efuefú (Fēpueli ʻaho 18) ki he Tokonaki Tapú ʻa ia ko ʻEpeleli ʻaho 4.

      ʻOku ʻi ai ʻa e fatongia ʻo ʻEpikopō Mafi foki ki hono kāinga lotu Niueé pea naʻá ne meʻa ʻo pehē ne ʻosi teu pe ʻene folau ki ai he taʻú ni ki hono fakamanatua e taʻu ʻe 60 talu hono fokotuʻu ʻo e Katoliká he motú ni. Kuó ne lau ʻa e faingamālie ko iá ke feʻiloaki ai pe mo e kāingā ni hili hono fakanofo katinalí.
      Naʻe pehē ʻe he ʻEiki ʻEpikopoó ʻe tā tuʻo taha pe kātoanga ʻa e Taiosisi Tongá ʻi hono maʻalali ʻa ʻene hoko ki he lakanga katinalí.pea ʻe fakahoko fakataiosisi pe ʻikai ha toe fakafeituʻu hangē koi a ne ʻuluaki palaní. Naʻá ne pehē ko e ngaahi ʻotu motú ʻe toki taki taha fai pe ʻenau maʻalali ʻi hono taimi ʻe kamata ai ʻene takai holo he ngaahi palōkiá ʻo fakahoko ai haʻane misa mo kinautolu.
      Kuo maau foki mo e palani ke ne ʻaahi ki he kāingalotu ʻi Nuʻu Sila, ʻAositelēlia mo ʻAmeliká.
      Ne toe meʻa foki e ʻEpikopoó ʻo pehē ko e taʻu ní ʻoku fakamanatu ai ʻa e taʻu ʻe 150 e fuofua tuʻu ʻa e ako Katoliká ʻi Tongá.
      Ko e akoʻanga ko ʻení naʻe ui ia ko Sangato Sitaniselao pea naʻe fokotuʻu ia ʻi ʻAhopanilolo ʻi Maʻofanga ʻe he Pātele ko Lapase ʻi he 1865.
      Fakafuofua ki he hili e taʻu ʻe 22 ʻe ne tuʻu ai ne hiki leva ia ki he tuʻuʻanga ʻo ʻApifoʻou ʻi he taimi ní ʻo hoko atu ai ʻo ui ko e Kolisi ʻApifoʻoú.
      Naʻe toki kātoangaʻi ʻe ʻApifoʻou hono taʻu 125 ʻi he 2012 ʻa ia ko e katoangaʻi pe ia ʻa e talu ʻe tuʻu he hiki mai ai mei ʻAhopaniloló kae ʻikai ko hono fuofua fokotuʻu ʻi Tongá ʻa ʻeni ia kuo taʻu 150 ia ʻi he taʻu ni 2015.
      Naʻe meʻa ʻa e ʻEpikopoó ʻo pehē ko e kau fuofua paionia ʻo e akoʻanga Sitaniselaó ne kau kinautolu he fuofua kau ngāue fakapuleʻangá.
      Pehē foki ʻe Mafi kuó ne taʻimālie he ngāue ʻa e kau muʻomuʻa ʻiate iá hangē ko Pātele Lapasé.
      Naʻe lau foki ʻe he ʻEpikopoó ko e faingamālie ʻeni ke ne talamonū ai ki he Palēmia, ʻAkilisi Pōhiva pehē ki hono tokoní ʻOnapolo Siaosi Sovalení pea pehē ki he kau minisitā kotoa ʻo e puleʻanga foʻou ʻo Tongá.
      Naʻá ne fakaʻamua ke faitāpuekina ʻe he ʻotuá ʻa e fuofua puleʻanga maʻa e kakaí mo ne ʻomeia ha ivi mo ha mālohi ke fataki ʻaki honau fatongia ki hono tataaki e puleʻangá.
      Oku mahuʻinga e taʻu ni ʻi he lau ʻa e ʻEiki ʻEpikopoó koeʻuhi ko e ʻamanaki hilifaki kalauni ʻo e tuʻí ʻi Siulaí.
      Naʻá ne pehē ko e taʻu ʻeni ʻe folaua ai ʻa Tonga pea ʻokú ne fakaʻamu ke nofoʻia ʻe he laumālie feʻofoʻakí ʻa e fonuá lolotonga e teu kātoangaʻi hono fakakalauni ʻo e tuʻí.
      Naʻa ne peheē te ne lotu maʻa e fonua pehē ki heʻena ʻAfifió lolotonga ʻene ʻi he Pasilika ʻo Sangato Pita ʻi Lomá.
      ʻOku lolotonga ʻi ʻIulope ʻEna ʻAfifió pea kuo ʻi ai ha fakamatala ʻo pehē te na hāʻelea ʻa Loma ke kau fakataha mo e ʻEiki ʻEpikopoó i hono fakanofó.

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