First Cardinal

The Tonga First Cardinal 2015 issue was designed by Alison Bjertnes.

On February 14, 2015, Soane Patita Paini Mafi, appointed by Pope Francis, became the first ever Cardinal from Tonga; and, as Cardinal Mafi, became the youngest member of the College of Cardinals.   

Mafi was one of 20 new cardinals from 18 different countries due in part by Pope Francis' effort to raise world awareness that the church is truly global.

3 Stamps, size 39.56 x 25.73mm, printed in sheets of 25, and 1 Souvenir Sheet containing 1 Stamp