The Rome Escape Organisation as it has become known as, featured a cast of characters who worked together with The Monsignor to save the lives of Prisoners of War and Civilians.

All of these 'volunteers' ran the peronal risk of definite imprisonment and possible execution in their selfless acts for others in need.

Sam Derry commented :

"the strangeness of this organisation, in which soldiers and priests, diplomats and communists, noblemen and humble working-folk, were all operating in concord with a single aim, yet without any clearly defined pyramid of authority"