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For a number of years the Pope John XXIII Community has been working to combat the ever more widespread phenomenon of occult sects that create victims and new forms of slavery within our society.  The Anti-Sect Service was founded in 2002 to meet the need to take action to combat the ever more widespread phenomenon of occult sects that create victims and new forms of slavery within our society.
The Anti-Sect Service gathers together every request for help, restoring hope to all those victims of sects and their friends and families.
Thanks to the numerous volunteers, we have been able to open a reception centre capable of bringing hope and spiritual mentoring to the people involved and also to pass very precise information to the police when this is necessary.
Since 2006 the Community has been working with the Italian state police in the investigative branch known as the S.A.S (Anti-Sect Squad).

The Anti-Sect Service is also committed to engaging in ongoing campaigns to raise awareness of this problem, ensuring the correct information and proper training is provided to cope with the multifarious forms of occultism. We have held numerous public meetings, taken part in TV and radio debates, visited schools and worked within parishes with the people involved in combatting this problem. We have also had considerable success at raising awareness through articles in daily papers and other publications.

In order to provide a better response to this need in Italy a national anti-sect helpline was set up (Freephone number 800228866) in October 2002, receiving about ten calls a day. 80% of the calls are from people desperate to trace their children and from people and adults enticed into and pursued by the world of the occult and sects.

Figures for the Anti-Sect Service
(source APG23 2013 Annual Report)

Dati Servizio Antisette
  • Increased dialogue with victims of sects and similar organisations and with their families
  • Working in partnership with the Italian state police Anti-Sect Squad and other forces of law and order.
  • A total of 2524 contacts, in person, by phone, through the Freephone number, by fax and by e-mail.
  • 1411 people have asked for help, consultation or information
  • 665 cases successfully treated.

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