MIAMI (AP) -- The Roman Catholic priest who led Operation Pedro Pan, which brought 14,000 children out of Fidel Castro's Cuba to Florida 40 years ago, has died.
Monsignor Bryan O. Walsh was 71 when he died Monday at Mercy Hospital of cardiac arrest.
In 1960, the Irish-born priest set up the Cuban Children's Program to help Cuban parents evacuate their children from Castro's new communist state.
The program, which became know as Operation Pedro Pan, accepted its first two children Dec. 26, 1960. Within the next two years, 14,000 unaccompanied children would arrive.
The Miami archdiocese sent them to camps, relatives' homes, foster homes and orphanages until their parents could join them.
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