St. Mary's Cathedral, Tonga

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The Cathedral of St. Mary[1][2][3] (or simply Cathedral of Nukualofa and also alternately called the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and locally in Tongan: Malia Tupu Imakulata) is the name given to a religious building located on Vuna Road in the town of Nukualofa,[4] capital of the Kingdom of Tonga[5] a small independent state in Oceania. It should not be confused with the Basilica of Saint Anthony of Padua also located in the same city.[6]

The temple is governed by the Roman or Latin rite and serves as the seat of the diocese of Tonga (Latin: Dioecesis Tongana) which was created in 1966 by bull "Prophetarum voices" of Pope Paul VI. It is under the pastoral responsibility of the Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi who became the youngest member of the College of Cardinals of the Catholic Church since 2015 when he was appointed cardinal by Pope Francis.[6]


  1. ^ "Malia Tupu Imakulata Cathedral, Nuku'alofa, Tongatapu, Tonga". Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  2. ^ Fletcher, Matt; Keller, Nancy (2001-01-01). Tonga. Lonely Planet. ISBN 9781740590617. 
  3. ^ Stanley, David (2004-01-01). Moon Handbooks South Pacific. David Stanley. ISBN 9781566914116. 
  4. ^ South Pacific. Lonely Planet. 
  5. ^ "St. Mary at P.O. Box 1 Nukualofa, Tonga Tonga". Retrieved 2016-05-26. 
  6. ^ a b Friday; 17th, April; 2015 (2015-04-16). "Tonga celebrates with their new Cardinal". Retrieved 2016-05-26. 

Coordinates: 21°08′27″S 175°10′54″W / 21.14083°S 175.18167°W / -21.14083; -175.18167