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Hugh O'Flaherty

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Hugh O'Flaherty (28 February 1898 – 30 October 1963) was an Irish Catholic priest, a senior official of the Roman Curia and a significant figure in the Catholic resistance to Nazism. During the Second World War, O'Flaherty 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 him the nickname "The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican". After the war, he was named a papal domestic prelate by Pope Pius XII and served as notary of the Holy Office. He worked alongside and assisted Alfredo Ottaviani until 1960. Early life Shortly after Hugh O'Flaherty's birth in Lisrobin, Kiskeam, County Cork, his parents, James and Margaret, moved to Killarney. The family lived on the golf course, and James O'Flaherty worked there as a steward. By his late teens, young O'Flaherty had a scratch handicap and a scholarship to a teacher training college. However, in 1918, he enrolled at Mungret College, a J
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