The essay focuses on the partnership between the African continent and the Catholic world of Brescia, on alternate fates: if in the nineteenth and throughout the twentieth century it was the Brescians who went to Africa, in the last two decades it is Africans (not only Catholics ) to choose the city and its neighboring territories as a new residence company. The most important figures (of Brescian origin) who dedicated their mission to the African peoples are mentioned, from Fr. Daniele Comboni to the new martyrs. Other important Brescia projections towards the African continent are Giovanni Battista Montini (first cardinal to go to African soil), MEP Mario Pedini, advocate of a "Euro-African" vision of reciprocity between the two continents, and Vittorio Chizzolini with his civil service project in Somalia for young teachers.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] Brescia, Italy and Africa: moments and figures of a historical dynamic|
|Title of host publication||Immigrazione e contesti locali - Annuario CIRMIB 2014|
|Number of pages||12|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|