Courtney Mares

Courtney Mares

Courtney Mares is a Rome Correspondent for Catholic News Agency. A graduate of Harvard University, she has reported from news bureaus on three continents and was awarded the Gardner Fellowship for her work with North Korean refugees.

Articles by Courtney Mares

Hong Kong’s new bishop says he wants to bring unity. Why are local Catholics divided?

Jul 28, 2021 / 03:00 am

The city is filled with Catholic institutions, from hospitals to schools and universities.

Hong Kong democracy activist: Most of my friends have been detained

Jul 23, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Joseph Cheng left Hong Kong after being “severely attacked by the pro-Beijing mass media.”

Australian archbishop: Catholics will ‘need to adapt’ to liturgy restrictions

Jul 22, 2021 / 06:00 am

Archbishop Peter Comensoli said that “for some, it will be not an easy moment.”

‘Do not abandon Mozambique’: Catholics appeal for help amid jihadist attacks

Jul 21, 2021 / 08:30 am

Churches have been burnt, people beheaded, and girls kidnapped.

Maronite patriarch asks St. Charbel’s intercession to save Lebanon from ‘total collapse’

Jul 20, 2021 / 13:00 pm

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai said politicians had failed in their “most basic duties.”

New Reno bishop inspired to become priest after meeting Blessed Stanley Rother

Jul 20, 2021 / 06:10 am

Bishop Daniel Mueggenborg has served as an auxiliary in Seattle archdiocese since 2017.

Cardinal Müller critiques Pope Francis' 'harsh' response to extraordinary form, compared to German Synodal Way

Jul 19, 2021 / 16:00 pm

The former head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has critiqued Pope Francis’ recent restrictions on extraordinary form Masses as “harsh” compared to his modest response to the “massive attacks on the unity of the Church” posed by the Synodal Way in Germany.

Catholics react to Pope Francis’ sweeping restrictions on extraordinary form Masses

Jul 16, 2021 / 08:31 am

The motu proprio Traditionis custodes is provoking strong reactions.

Blessed Carlo Acutis: Permanent reopening of tomb postponed

Jul 15, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Visitors can still pray at the closed tomb in Assisi, Italy.

Southern African bishops call for an end to violence and looting

Jul 15, 2021 / 06:35 am

At least 72 people have died amid rioting.

Tokyo archbishop asks Olympic athletes not to visit Catholic churches during games

Jul 13, 2021 / 14:00 pm

The 2020 Summer Olympics begins on July 23.

Vatican: Pope Francis ‘continuing planned treatment’ on 10th day in hospital

Jul 13, 2021 / 04:50 am

A Vatican spokesman said ongoing treatment would allow him to “return to the Vatican as soon as possible.”

Pope Francis prays the Angelus from his hospital balcony

Jul 11, 2021 / 05:45 am

In his first appearance after having intestinal surgery, Pope Francis prayed the Angelus from the balcony of the hospital where he has spent a week recovering.

Pope Francis and children in hospital exchange greetings

Jul 10, 2021 / 05:00 am

During his hospitalization, Pope Francis has exchanged affectionate messages with the young patients in the nearby pediatric oncology and children’s neurosurgery wards, according to the Vatican.

Christian refugees in Lebanon live in abandoned mall amid economic crisis

Jul 9, 2021 / 14:00 pm

An NGO has documented the harsh living conditions.

Vatican foundation honors Abu Dhabi crown prince with ‘Man of Humanity’ award

Jul 9, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi traveled to the UAE to present the award.

Pope Francis offers condolences after ‘heinous assassination’ of Haiti’s president

Jul 8, 2021 / 08:00 am

President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated at his home on July 7.

Pope Francis has further health scans in hospital after running a fever

Jul 8, 2021 / 05:03 am

The Vatican said the pope was able to eat and move “unassisted.”

Probe into Fr. Jacques Hamel’s murder shows attackers’ links to ISIS

Jul 7, 2021 / 14:00 pm

The priest was killed at Mass on July 26, 2016.

Pope Francis in Pyongyang? An intelligence chief is working to make it happen

Jul 7, 2021 / 12:00 pm

No pope has ever visited the “hermit kingdom.”