Church celebrates after Cardinal Mafi is presented to the king at the royal palace

Hundreds of members from various churches and students from Catholic schools walked about two kilometres from the Basilica of St Anthony of Padua to the royal palace in Nukuʻalofa last Friday to present the fakatūʻuta to the King.

The presentation of pigs, mats, ngatu and yams to His Majesty King Tupou VI was one of cultural activities organised to mark the elevation of Cardinal Mafi to the cardinalate on February 14 in Rome.

According to tradition, the presentation was made before  any other activities organised for the celebration.

The king attended the presentation, but we understand he was sitting on his seat by the door inside the palace.

His heralds were seen