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Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a communiqué that the Tongan Cabinet has declared Monday, March 2, 2015, as a one-off official non-working public holiday in Tonga to mark the "appointment of His Eminence Cardinal Soane Patita Mafi to the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church".
As per the aforementioned announcement, "Embracing the Moral Legitimacy of the Kingdom of Tonga being a Christian Nation, and indeed the appointment of first Tongan National as Catholic Cardinal, the Office of the Prime Minister is pleased to inform the public, and the people of Tonga that the Cabinet approved the declaration of Public Holiday to the entirety of the Kingdom of Tonga, and to be held on Monday 2nd of March 2015" and goes on to state that "As per the Cabinet decision concerned, Monday the 2nd March 2015 shall be declared a National Public Holiday, and that the services of the Government of Tonga shall be closed to the Public in this respect. This special decision is a one-off, which is based on the honoring of the appointment of His Eminence Cardinal Soane Patita Mafi to the College of Cardinals of the Roman Catholic Church.".
The declaration of Monday, March 2, 2015, as a one-off official non-working public holiday in Tonga, is in addition to Tonga's Ministry of Information and Communications communiqué announcing the official list of non-working public holidays in Tonga for the calendar year 2015, announced late last year (2014-12-20), and with the terms of the "Public Holidays (Amendment) Act 2010" (Act No. 10 of 2010) which amended the public holidays legislation of Tonga (2010-05-19 and 2010-04-08).
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