Priest’s house of Father Domenico Orlandini

"Carlo", partisan priest

Poiano, Villa Minozzo (Re) | 44.38270 E - 10.43572 N |

Father Domenico Orlandini became parish priest at Poiano, his native village, in 1941. After the 8 September Armistice, his home became a point of reference for escaped Allied prisoners, Italian deserters and partisans. His closest associate was Father Pasquino Borghi, and after the latter’s arrest, Father Domenico actively enrolled in the resistance, assuming the battle name “Carlo” (a decision which caused him considerable problems with his bishop, Eduardo Brettoni). Father Carlo went south to make contact with the Allied Commands and returned to the Reggio mountains with instructions from the RAF to make establish with the partisan formations, becoming the liaison officer. In September 1944 he founded a Catholic Battalion within the Garibaldi Brigade, from which it separated in January 1945 further to disagreements to form the Fiamme Verdi Brigade, which Father Carlo insisted should have no political affiliations.

A plaque in piazza padre Silvio Caselli at Poiano commemorates Father Carlo, who is also recalled by a plaque on his childhood home.

 

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