The social thought of the Church as a compass, the dialogue between different disciplines as a distinctive ingredient, the effort to reconcile depth and non-specialist language as a style, Ignatian discernment as a method: with this “recipe,” gradually adapted and perfected, Aggiornamenti Sociali - a magazine of the Italian Jesuits founded in 1950 - has accompanied 70 years of Italian history, without ever neglecting European and international dynamics.
From the very beginning, the magazine’s aim has been to help readers “orient themselves”: not only by providing information, but also by accompanying them in formulating their own judgements and committing themselves responsibly to the central issues of society, as well as taking into account the voices of those on the margins. Looking at the first issue (January 1950) as an example, we discover that the topics covered then are crucial even today: school reform, euthanasia, secularism... Obviously new perspectives and new themes have been added, as well as new ways of understanding the link between faith, justice and culture. Think of the paradigm of the integral ecology of Laudato Si', which urges us to link environmental and social issues, and to highlight the spiritual dimension of social commitment.
Another progressive change in these decades has taken place in the way we disseminate the contents of Aggiornamenti Sociali, facing the challenge of being present with our style also in the digital world. A website (completely revamped in 2019), social media channels, a newsletter, an e-book version, etc. have been added. The entire documentary heritage of these 70 years has also been digitized and indexed: almost 5,700 articles are now available to our readers in pdf format.