|Titular Bishop of Zenopolis in Isauria|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|See||Zenopolis in Isauria|
|Ordination||September 22, 1933|
|Born||February 24, 1912|
|Died||December 20, 2010(aged 98)|
|Previous post||Apostolic Nuncio|
Early life and ordination
On February 8, 1960 Ferrofino was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti. The following October 26, 1961 he was appointed Titular Archbishop of Zenopolis in Isauria and ordained on November 28, 1961. Giovanni was appointed Apostolic Nuncio to Ecuador on November 3, 1965 and resigned from the position on September 29, 1970.
Actions during the Second World War
During the Second World War, according to Gary Krupp of the Pave the Way Foundation, he personally acted on the direct orders of Pius XII twice a year 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.
- ‘Transcript of the video interview with Msgr. Giovanni Ferrofino’, Pave the Way Foundation.
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