People's spiritual search in our time often takes the form of "revival" movements within Christianity or within other religions of ancient tradition. It also gives rise to many new groups that separate themselves from the mainstream, from institutions, or from doctrines, or that present themselves, in various ways, as radical alternatives for religion or for the dominant culture. They are known as "New Religious Movements". Their rise causes an increasing fragmentation of the religious world, and this can be seen today on every continent.
New Religious Movements are an unmistakable phenomenon of our modern world. In recent years the leaders of the Catholic Church have tried to answer the following questions:
"New Religious Movements" are sometimes described as "Sects and Cults". For more information, click here.