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

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis cancels public act of veneration again due to pandemic

Nov 29, 2021 / 04:37 am

Last year, the pope made a surprise visit to pray alone at the Immaculate Conception statue.

Pope Francis meets French President Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican

Nov 26, 2021 / 08:10 am

Asked how he was doing, the pope told Macron: ‘I’m still alive.’

Pope Francis attends student play on how the pandemic has affected young people

Nov 26, 2021 / 04:00 am

The pope watched a show called ‘The faces of the pandemic.’

Pope Francis tells new Lebanese PM: Lebanon is worth fighting to save

Nov 25, 2021 / 06:05 am

Najib Mikati gave the pope a brick from a church damaged in the Beirut port explosion.

Synod on Synodality organizers want local stage to focus on one fundamental question

Nov 24, 2021 / 09:00 am

Cardinal Mario Grech was addressing the Italian bishops.

Pope Francis: Digital revolution forces us to rethink what it means to be human

Nov 24, 2021 / 05:10 am

‘Today, a revolution is underway,’ the pope told the Pontifical Council for Culture.

Pope Francis prays for Wisconsin parade victims

Nov 23, 2021 / 06:38 am

‘He commends the souls of those who died to Almighty God’s loving mercy.’

The last surviving Trappist monk from Algeria massacre has died at 97

Nov 22, 2021 / 07:15 am

The Tibhirine monks’ story was dramatized in the 2010 French film Of Gods and Men, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.

Religious freedom advocates ‘appalled’ as State Department removes Nigeria from watch list

Nov 18, 2021 / 09:00 am

Rights groups have documented thousands of killings of Nigerian Christians.

Synod’s chief organizer to US bishops: Don’t be afraid to tell us frankly what you hear

Nov 18, 2021 / 04:45 am

Cardinal Mario Grech sent a 14-minute video message to the USCCB Fall General Assembly.

Two Irish Catholic dioceses will soon be under the leadership of one bishop

Nov 17, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The dioceses will not be merged.

Catholic charity announces $5.6M to help Lebanon and Syria’s Christians

Nov 17, 2021 / 06:10 am

The funds will help to support young newlyweds.

Nearly 1,000 hate crimes against Europe’s Christians recorded in 2020

Nov 16, 2021 / 13:00 pm

Poland had the most hate crimes reported against Christians, with 241 incidents in 2020.

Pope Francis: ‘This world will pass away and only love will remain’

Nov 14, 2021 / 07:00 am

When one is faced with an important difficult decision, Pope Francis’ advice is to imagine standing before Christ at the “threshold of eternity” because that is what ultimately matters.

Pope Francis on World Day of the Poor: Be ‘tireless builders of hope’ amid suffering

Nov 14, 2021 / 05:35 am

The pope offered Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the presence of 2,000 people living in poverty and the volunteers who assist them.

Benedict XVI meets with recipients of the Ratzinger Prize

Nov 13, 2021 / 13:35 pm

The meeting lasted one hour and allowed each of the academics to discuss their work with the pope emeritus.

Pope Francis: 'The Church is not a political organization that has left and right wings'

Nov 13, 2021 / 11:30 am

“We need journalists who are willing to ‘wear out the soles of their shoes,’ to get out of the newsroom, to walk around the city, to meet people, to assess the situations in which we live in our time,” Pope Francis said.

Pope Francis: Governments must act urgently against child pornography

Nov 12, 2021 / 13:00 pm

‘The groups responsible behave like mafias,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis in Assisi: ‘It is time that the poor be given back their voice’

Nov 12, 2021 / 08:15 am

The pope met with a group of more than 500 poor people from across Europe.

Pope Francis: Care for creation is one of the ‘great moral issues of our time’

Nov 11, 2021 / 05:00 am

The pope said he regretting not being able to attend the UN climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland,