Former Catholic bishop dies

Dr. Bishop Soane Lilo Foliaki SM, 80,  a former and retired bishop of the diocese of Tonga and Niue died Tuesday 24 in Nuku’alofa.

A Vigil Mass by the Marist priests in Tonga will be held on Dec, 30 at the cathedral in Ma’ufanga.

His funeral Mass will also be held Dec, 31 at the cathedral and is expected to be led by his successor, Bishop Soane Mafi.

His body will then be laid to rest at the Ma’ufanga Catholic cemetery.

Bishop Foliaki was ordained priest in 1955 and was consecrated bishop in 1994.

He was the second Tongan bishop to be appointed by the Vatican since Catholic was brought to Tonga in 1842 by members of the Society of Mary.

Bishop Foliaki retired in 2008.