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

Pope Francis meets with professional soccer team founded by a Catholic religious

Nov 29, 2023 / 13:30 pm

Pope Francis met Wednesday with professional soccer players from the Celtic Football Club, a team founded by an Irish Catholic religious brother.

Pope Francis says he is ‘still not well,’ has aide read general audience speech

Nov 29, 2023 / 06:20 am

Pope Francis, who turns 87 in December, spoke softly into a microphone as he explained that he was “still not well” and would have an aide read his speech.

Giorgia Meloni condemns vandalism of pro-life center in Rome

Nov 27, 2023 / 12:49 pm

The Italian prime minister has condemned the vandalism of a pro-life organization’s headquarters in Rome perpetrated during a protest.

Pope Francis’ health ‘stable’ despite breathing difficulties, Vatican says

Nov 27, 2023 / 06:05 am

The 86-year-old pope is being treated with antibiotics intravenously and is in “good and stable” condition without a fever, a Vatican spokesman said.

Bishop Barron in ‘frank disagreement’ with Synod on Synodality’s report on ‘development of moral teaching’

Nov 24, 2023 / 11:45 am

Bishop Robert Barron was not the only bishop to highlight the Synod on Synodality’s discussion of the relationship between “love and truth” this week.

Dublin archbishop responds to stabbing of 3 children that sparked violent riots

Nov 24, 2023 / 06:40 am

Archbishop Dermot Farrell has asked people to join him in praying for the injured, which includes a 5-year-old girl who sustained serious injuries.

Archbishop to invite young North Koreans to next World Youth Day in Seoul

Nov 23, 2023 / 07:45 am

Archbishop Peter Chung Soon-taick shared this week that he plans to invite a youth delegation from North Korea to the 2027 World Youth Day.

Pope Francis meets with families of Israeli hostages being held in Gaza

Nov 22, 2023 / 12:21 pm

Pope Francis’ meetings with the Israeli and Palestinian delegations occurred as news emerged that a four-day cease-fire agreement had been reached.

Pope Francis has emotional meeting with African migrant who lost his wife and daughter

Nov 18, 2023 / 12:15 pm

Mbengue Nyimbilo Crepin shared his story during a meeting at the pope’s Vatican City residence Casa Santa Marta on Nov. 17.

Pope Francis to meet with families of Israeli hostages and Palestinians with relatives in Gaza

Nov 18, 2023 / 09:00 am

A Vatican spokesman said that with these meetings, Pope Francis wants to show his spiritual closeness to the suffering of each person.

Chinese bishop reflects on his experience at the Synod on Synodality

Nov 17, 2023 / 11:56 am

Bishop Antonio Yao Shun of Jining recently said he was “cheered” to meet Catholics from around the world.

Pope Francis tells American priests: ‘Do not leave the Lord of the tabernacle alone’

Nov 17, 2023 / 09:23 am

The presence of Jesus in every tabernacle points us to how we can serve our suffering brothers and sisters who share in Christ’s passion today, the pope said.

Pope Francis: Complaining Christians do not give a credible witness to the Gospel

Nov 15, 2023 / 11:03 am

“Humanity abounds with brothers and sisters waiting for a word of hope,” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square on Nov. 15.

Vatican doctrine office reaffirms that Catholics cannot be Freemasons

Nov 15, 2023 / 05:40 am

The new document signed by Pope Francis and DDF Prefect Cardinal Victor Fernández was written in response to a bishop from the Philippines.

Beijing archbishop becomes first to visit Hong Kong since Chinese revolution

Nov 14, 2023 / 12:30 pm

The archbishop of Beijing is visiting Hong Kong in a trip that marks a historic first since the Chinese Communist Party severed relations with the Vatican.

Pope Francis prays for infant Indi Gregory as life support set to be removed in UK

Nov 11, 2023 / 11:06 am

Pope Francis is praying for Indi Gregory and her family as the critically ill British infant’s life support is set to be removed by a U.K. court order.

Pope Francis relieves Strickland of his duties as bishop of Tyler

Nov 11, 2023 / 07:05 am

Bishop Joseph Strickland’s removal on Nov. 11 comes after the Vatican Dicastery for Bishops completed a formal investigation in the diocese earlier this year.

Italian Senate launches inquiry into disappearance of Vatican Girl and another missing teen

Nov 10, 2023 / 13:30 pm

Emanuela Orlandi, the teenage daughter of an envoy of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, disappeared June 22, 1983, after leaving for a music lesson.

Vatican releases schedule for Pope Francis’ trip to Dubai in December

Nov 9, 2023 / 11:46 am

The pope will visit the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city Dec. 1–3 where he will give a speech and meet world leaders.

Pope Francis: It’s our duty to give a voice to women who are victims of abuse

Nov 9, 2023 / 09:17 am

The pope said that violence against women must be “eliminated from its roots” — namely prejudiced ideas that see people as “objects.”