FERROFINO, Giovanni (1912-2010)
Italian archbishop; papal nuncio to Haiti and apostolic nuncio-emeritus to Ecuador.
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According to Gary Krupp of the Pave the Way Foundation, Ferrofino personally acted on the direct orders of Pius XII during WWII to obtain visas for Jews arriving from Portugal to the Dominican Republic.
He traveled with the nuncio, archbishop Maurilio Silvani, to get 800 visas per boat load twice a year from 1939–1945 and appealed directly to General Rafael Trujillo in the name of Pius XII. This action, Krupp said, saved over 10,000 Jews who were then routed into America with the help of Monsignor Ferrofino through Cuba, Mexico and Canada.