Pope Francis met with King Tupou VI of Tonga today at the Vatican. The Tongan monarch, who was accompanied by his wife, Queen Nanasipau,u Tuku,aho, was in Rome for the consistory this weekend. Among the newly created cardinals was Cardinal Soane Patita Paini Mafi, the Bishop of Tonga.
According to a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, King Tupou VI conveyed his joy on Cardinal Mafi’s elevation, noting the enthusiasm of the Tongan people, many of whom were present during the consistory on February 14.
“During the cordial discussions, attention was turned towards the recent political developments in the country and several aspects of social and economic life, as well as the positive contribution of the Catholic Church in various areas of society,” the communique stated.
The Holy Father and the King discussed several international situations, including environmental problems facing the Pacific archipelago.
Following his meeting with Pope Francis, King Tupou VI met with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, and Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, Secretary for Relations with States.