During the World Cup in Brazil, a nationwide campaign will raise awareness of the hundreds of vulnerable children at risk of sexual exploitation.
NCR Today: Olmsted's chief medical ethics adviser leaves parish; Detroit archdiocese takes long hard look at itself; Irish bishop contemplates new directions.
NCR Today: Pope Francis reportedly told a fellow Latin American prelate that the ordination of "proven" married men is a possibility if bishops' conferences ask for it.
NCR Today: This week in the media: a sister doles out massages at the ballpark, and one shares the secret of a long, happy life.
The sainthood process is long and complicated, but the procedure is driven by Catholics in the pews, especially those on their knees.
Three key figures in the establishment of the Catholic church in Canada and in Brazil are likely to be declared saints before the end of the year, said a Jesuit who is helping prepare the material needed for their canonizations.
The three speeding their way toward sainthood are: Blessed Jose Anchieta, known as the Apostle of Brazil; Blessed Marie de l'Incarnation, known as the Mother of the Canadian Church; and Blessed Francois de Laval, the first bishop of Quebec.
All Things Catholic: When Pope Francis says he wants a greater role for women, his ideas seem to have little to do with office-holding of any sort.
All Things Catholic: There is a growing migration of priests and religious from the "global south" to the north. What can the church do about it?
After the historic resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and a series of innovations by Pope Francis, it is hard to imagine 2014 could be nearly as eventful.