(Vatican Radio) The legacy of Irish missionary, Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, who saved thousands of Jewish lives during the Second World War, is being commemorated on Saturday by modern day missionaries working in more contemporary conflict zones.
This weekend members of the Hugh O’Flaherty memorial society have travelled to Rome to join Irish ambassador to the Holy See Emma Madigan for the unveiling of a plaque in the Vatican’s Teutonic College, and for a seminar celebrating O’Flaherty’s ongoing legacy of charity, courage and compassion.
Fr Michael Kilkenny is secretary general of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, or Spiritan fathers as they’re better known. In the 1980s and 90s, he spent almost a decade working in war torn Angola, where two former liberation movements were battling for power in the newly independent southern African nation.
Fr Michael talked to Philippa Hitchen about his experience and about the way O’Flaherty’s legacy continues to inspire missionaries in conflict zones around the world today…..