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(Ital.: “updating”) was used by Pope John XXIII. Closely associated with Vatican II, the term means the recognition of the historicity of the church and the church's adaptation to the modern world with a view to presenting its expressions and practices in a new way. This entailed adopting these formulations and practices in contemporary contexts. The process of aggiornamento had its greatest impact in the fields of liturgical practices, canon law, doctrinal formulations, as well as ecumenical dialogue.


R. Marlé, Études 315, 1962, 21–…

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Flynn, W.T., “Aggiornamento”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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