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In this Aug. 1, 2008 photo, Bishop Soane Patita Paini Mafi, Tongan Cardinal elect, speaks during a mass in Nuku?alofa, Tonga. Churches dot the heavily Christian, tiny island of Tonga everywhere and choirs can be heard singing on any day of the week. Mafi is one of 20 cardinals being elevated by the pope and is an outlier not only in geography but also in age: At 53, he will be the youngest member of the College of Cardinals. The island’s king, a Wesleyan Methodist, is hoping to attend the ceremony Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 at the Vatican and later has a private meeting scheduled with the pope. (AP Photo/NZ Herald, Elino Maka) AUSTRALIA OUT, NEW ZEALAND OUTVATICAN CITY (AP) — One hails from Tonga, where climate change is threatening the very existence of the archipelago. Several live in places tormented by drug violence and organized crime. Another represents a tiny, remote church that has witnessed firsthand the deadly drama of Mediterranean migration.