Sunday, September 17, 2017

O'Flaherty



Completed in 2013, this mural depicting Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty is the work of artist Ursula Meehan.

"Hugh O'Flaherty (28 February 1898 – 30 October 1963), was an Irish Catholic priest and senior official of the Roman Curia, and significant figure in Catholic resistance to Nazism. During World War II, the Monsignor was responsible for saving 6,500 Allied soldiers and Jews. His ability to evade the traps set by the German Gestapo and Sicherheitsdienst (SD), earned O'Flaherty the nickname 'The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican'. He was the first Irishman named Notary of the Holy Office" (Wikipedia).

11 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. Now you have me interested in finding out more about Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty.

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  2. By seeing the mural I detected the colonnade around the St Peter square in Rome before reading your comment. A nice one in contrast to the Vatican in total in WWII.

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  3. Some people have the heart in the right place.

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  4. Many thanks for providing the information too.

    All the best Jan

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  5. Good for him. It's wonderful to know there were these kinds of people in those dark days! Unfortunately, his church did not follow his example. Hitler and most of his advisers were Catholic. Only one was excommunicated and that was for a sexual "sin."

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  6. Estupendo mural como merecido homenaje, por salvar tantas vidas humanas

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  7. A wonderful man, and the choice of color to highlight is perfect! It really stands out!

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