The Community Pope John XXIII (APG23) is an international association of the faithful of pontifical right. Founded in 1968 by Don Oreste Benzi, the association works concretely to remove the causes that generate poverty, injustice and marginalization through direct sharing with the latter.
APG23 is present in 42 countries around the world with more than 500 places of sharing provided by family homes, canteen for the poor, shelters for victims of trafficking and asylum seekers, therapeutic communities, shelters for the homeless. The Community also operates through humanitarian emergency and development cooperation projects, and is present in the conflict zones with its own nonviolent peace corps “Operation Dove”.
In 2006, APG23 obtained the special consultative status at ECOSOC and since 2009 Apg23 started a permanent presence in Geneva with its permanent representative at the UN, to be the voice of those who have no voice.