Giovanni Ferrofino

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Giovanni Ferrofino
Titular Bishop of Zenopolis in Isauria
ChurchRoman Catholic Church
SeeZenopolis in Isauria
In office1961–2010
OrdinationSeptember 22, 1933
Personal details
Born(1912-02-24)February 24, 1912
Alessandria, Italy
DiedDecember 20, 2010(2010-12-20) (aged 98)
Previous postApostolic Nuncio

Giovanni Ferrofino (February 24, 1912 – December 20, 2010) was an Italian Archbishop of the Roman Catholic Church.

Early life and ordination[edit]

Ferrofino was born in 1912 in the city of Alessandria in north-west Italy. On September 22, 1934 he was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Alessandria.[1]

Apostolic nuncio[edit]

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.[1]

Actions during the Second World War[edit]

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.[2]

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.[2]

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