WWII hero priest who saved thousands from the Nazis honored by the Irish State
“Humble” priest who cared for and saved over 6,500 people was nicknamed “The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican”
By DARA KELLY, IrishCentral Staff Writer
Published Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 8:17 AMUpdated Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 8:17 AM

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Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, an Irish priest who saved more than 6,500 people during World War II is being honored by the Irish States.

Monsignor O’Flaherty, originally from Kiskeam, County Cork, died 50 years ago. Ireland’s leader Enda Kenny has said it is time that O’Flaherty, and other Irish “humanitarian heroes” were recognized by the State as well as being part of Ireland’s public consciousness.

O’Flaherty became known as the “Scarlet Pimpernel of The Vatican” because of his valiant exploits during World War II. The Cork priest is credited with saving over 6,500 Jews, Americans, and British soldiers by hiding them in safe houses around Rome.

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I remember the movie. One thing that we do poorly is remember those who did good deeds.

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