Father Benzi was one of the first Italians to make a commitment to liberating women victims of people trafficking and forced into Prostitution.

Some Community homes become a substitute for Young offenders’ Prisons.

The conflict in former Yugoslavia encouraged some young conscientious objectors from the Community to attempt to put non-violence into practice in that war zone and to share the life of those forced to suffer conflict. This gave rise to Operation Dove, the non-violent peace corps.

Given the expansion of the Pope John XXIII Community on the world stage, Father Oreste Benzi, as its founder requested canonical recognition from the Church of Rome, submitting a letter to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, on 29 June. The Framework for Life was further reflected on and discussed leading to the drawing up of the "Foundation Charter", the "Statutes" and the "Directory", the last of which sets out in practical terms how to put the concepts described in the previous two documents into action. The Holy See spent over 4 years making enquiries and learning more about the Community. A great many cardinals and bishops with direct experience of the life and activities of the Pope John XXIII Community bore witness to “its firm and faithful membership of the Catholic Church and its evangelical and missionary service ".

This year saw the birth of the Service for Schools resulting from the desire to plan and put into practice a "school of gratuitousness" initially designed to help the least and also to guarantee people with disabilities full integration into education.
The Service for the Elderly was started to help elderly people in need of support. 

The service Motherhood under Threat and Life was started to help women go through with their pregnancy and give birth to their baby. To raise awareness of the issue of the dignity of the unborn child the Community initiated prayer sessions in front of hospitals on the days on which abortion was practised.

On 7 October the Pontifical Council for the Laity granted recognition to the Pope John XXIII Community as an international  private association of the faithful subject to pontifical right, given legal status by canons 298a and 321 Ð 329 of the Code of Canon Law. It also approved ad experimentum the Statutes and Foundation Charter for 5 years .

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