Mafi, Soane Patita Paini
Order in College: Cardinal Priest
With Title: Santa Paola Romana
Native Country: Tonga
Appointed by: Pope Francis on 14 February 2015
Ecclesiastical Office:  Bishop of Tonga, Kingdom of Tonga 
Papal Elector: Eligible; Ineligible on 19 December 2041

Soane Patita Paini Mafi was born on 19 December 1961 in Nuku’alofa on the Island of Tongatapu, Tonga. He earned a degree in divinity at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Fiji. He was ordained a priest on 29 June 1991 and began serving in parish ministry. In 1998 he studied in the United States at Ignatius Loyola College, Maryland, where he earned a degree in pastoral counseling. In 2001 he returned to the Pacific where he began serving as vice-rector at Pacific Regional Seminary in Fiji. On 4 October 2007 he was ordained a bishop, following his appointment as Coadjutor of Tonga. On 18 April 2008 he became the Bishop of Tonga. In 2008 he was elected chairperson for Caritas Tonga. That same year he began serving as chairperson at the Tonga National Forum of Church Leaders. He was elected president of the Episcopal Conference of the Pacific in 2009. In 2012 he celebrated the 170th jubilee of the first Mass in Tonga and the 125th anniversary of Catholic education in the country. In October 2012 he participated in the Synod on the New Evangelization and in 2014 he also participated in the Synod on the Family. At the age of 53, he is the young- est cardinal and the first cardinal of his home country.