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O'Flaherty demanded that German prisoners be treated properly as well. Of the 9, Jews in Rome, 1, had been shipped to Auschwitz. The remaining 3, were hidden in private homes.

At the time of the liberation of Rome, O'Flaherty's and Derry's organisation was caring for 3, escapees and men who had succeeded in evading arrest. The remainder were from 20 different nations.

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This does not include Jews and sundry other men and women who were in O'Flaherty's personal care. He was also honoured by Canada and Australia. He refused to use the lifetime pension that Italy had given him. In the s, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy , in the form proposed by the now-canonised Mary Faustina Kowalska , was under a ban from the Vatican. It was O'Flaherty who, as Notary, signed the document that notified Catholics of the ban. O'Flaherty regularly visited his old nemesis Herbert Kappler the former SS chief in Rome , in prison, month after month, being Kappler's only visitor.

In , Kappler converted to Catholicism and was baptised by O'Flaherty. In , O'Flaherty suffered a serious stroke during Mass and was forced to return to Ireland. Shortly before his first stroke in , he was due to be confirmed as the Papal Nuncio to Tanzania. He moved to Cahersiveen to live with his sister, at whose home he died on 30 October , aged There is a monument in Killarney town and a grove of trees dedicated to his memory in the Killarney National Park.

The Vatican Pimpernel: The Wartime Exploits of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty

Some sources incorrectly state that, in , he became the first Irish person honoured as Righteous Among the Nations by the State of Israel. O'Flaherty was portrayed by Gregory Peck in the television film, The Scarlet and the Black , which follows the exploits of O'Flaherty from the German occupation of Rome to its liberation by the Allies. He was also the second principal character in a radio play by Robin Glendinning on Kappler's time seeking asylum in the Vatican, titled The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican , which was first broadcast on 30 November on Radio 4 , with Wolf Kahler as Kappler.

Courtney portrays the monsignor during the wartime years in German-occupied Rome; the story is told from the monsignor's point of view and is a study of the torment and difficulty in the decisions he undertook in his fight for justice. Listen to this article Thanks for reporting this video! Our magic isn't perfect You can help our automatic cover photo selection by reporting an unsuitable photo.

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The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 7 September Wilton, Cork: Collins Press. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. Irish Jesuit News. Jesuit Communication Centre. Archived from the original on 5 December Retrieved 13 August The Carlow Nationalist. March Archived from the original on 23 July Retrieved 14 August Wherever Green is Worn. London: Hutchinson. Retrieved 28 September Retrieved 9 December Permanent Memorial. Hugh O'Flaherty Memorial Society.

The German occupiers tried to stop him and eventually they found out that the leader of the network was a priest. SS attempts to assassinate him failed. They learned his identity, but could not arrest him inside the Vatican. When the German ambassador revealed this to O'Flaherty, he began to meet his contacts on the stairs of St.

Peter's Basilica. Peter's Square signifying the border between Vatican City and Italy , stating that the priest would be killed if he crossed it. Ludwig Koch, head of the Fascist police in Rome, often spoke of his intention to torture O'Flaherty before executing him if he ever fell into his hands. Several others, including priests, nuns and lay people, worked in secret with O'Flaherty, and even hid refugees in their own private homes around Rome.

Another person who contributed significantly to this operation was the Malta -born widow Chetta Chevalier [11] who hid some refugees in her house with her children, and escaped detection. When the Allies arrived in Rome in June , 6, of the escapees were still alive. O'Flaherty demanded that German prisoners be treated properly as well. Of the 9, Jews in Rome, 1, had been shipped to Auschwitz.

The remaining 3, were hidden in private homes. At the time of the liberation of Rome, O'Flaherty's and Derry's organisation was caring for 3, escapees and men who had succeeded in evading arrest. The remainder were from 20 different nations.

This does not include Jews and sundry other men and women who were in O'Flaherty's personal care. He was also honoured by Canada and Australia. He refused to use the lifetime pension that Italy had given him. In the s, the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy , in the form proposed by the now-canonised Mary Faustina Kowalska , was under a ban from the Vatican.

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It was O'Flaherty who, as Notary, signed the document that notified Catholics of the ban. O'Flaherty regularly visited his old nemesis Herbert Kappler the former SS chief in Rome , in prison, month after month, being Kappler's only visitor. In , Kappler converted to Catholicism and was baptised by O'Flaherty.

In , O'Flaherty suffered a serious stroke during Mass and was forced to return to Ireland. Shortly before his first stroke in , he was due to be confirmed as the Papal Nuncio to Tanzania. He moved to Cahersiveen to live with his sister, at whose home he died on 30 October , aged There is a monument in Killarney town and a grove of trees dedicated to his memory in the Killarney National Park. Some sources incorrectly state that, in , he became the first Irish person honoured as Righteous Among the Nations by the State of Israel. O'Flaherty was portrayed by Gregory Peck in the television film, The Scarlet and the Black , which follows the exploits of O'Flaherty from the German occupation of Rome to its liberation by the Allies.

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He was also the second principal character in a radio play by Robin Glendinning on Kappler's time seeking asylum in the Vatican, titled The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican , which was first broadcast on 30 November on Radio 4 , with Wolf Kahler as Kappler. Courtney portrays the monsignor during the wartime years in German-occupied Rome; the story is told from the monsignor's point of view and is a study of the torment and difficulty in the decisions he undertook in his fight for justice.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Irish priest. The Right Reverend Monsignor. The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 7 September Wilton, Cork: Collins Press. San Francisco: Ignatius Press. Irish Jesuit News. Jesuit Communication Centre. Archived from the original on 5 December