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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.

Pope Francis to discuss climate change with John Kerry at Vatican

The former Secretary of State is also a keynote speaker at a Vatican conference

Catholic university in India opens COVID-19 care centers

St. Xavier’s University has opened care centers for people with no place to isolate at home.

Myanmar Catholic nun says Eucharistic adoration gave her strength to kneel before police

The image of Sr. Ann Rose Nu Tawng begging police not to attack protesters went viral.

Uyghur journalist: ‘The Chinese government sees any religion as a threat to its rule’

Gulchehra Hoja spoke at a virtual event hosted by the U.S. embassy to the Holy See.

Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem says violence requires ‘an urgent intervention’

“It is our duty not to ignore injustice nor any aggression against human dignity regardless of who is committing them.”

Pope Francis: To love like Christ means saying ‘no’ to love of money, vanity, power

"To love as Jesus means ... detaching ourselves from our own human certainties, from earthly comforts, in order to open ourselves up to others, especially those in greater need," Pope Francis said.

Rosario Livatino beatified in Sicily, honored as ‘martyr of justice and faith’

Blessed Rosario Livatino, a Catholic judge brutally killed by the mafia in 1990, was beatified Sunday in the Cathedral of Agrigento, Sicily.

Pope Francis, Jane Goodall speak on ‘what it means to be human’ at Vatican health conference

Pope Francis and Jane Goodall both offered perspectives on “what it means to be human” on the final day of an online Vatican health conference on Saturday.

Pope Francis calls for suspension of Covid-19 vaccine patents in ‘Vax Live’ concert video

“I beg you not to forget the most vulnerable,” the pope said.

Pope Francis meets with bishop of murdered lay missionary

Nadia De Munari, an Italian lay missionary, died April 24.

Cardinals’ council discusses pandemic recovery, curial reform with Pope Francis

The seven members of the Council of Cardinals met online.

‘We are ready to give up our lives’: 34 new Swiss Guards take oath to protect the pope

One new Swiss Guard said: “I’ve always wanted to serve God in a way, and I wanted to serve the Catholic Church.”

Pope Francis sends video message to Argentina for feast of Our Lady of Lujan

“I will accompany you from here,” Pope Francis said in the video published on May 6.

Stolen 14th-century reliquary found in police raid of art collector’s home in Sicily

Barbara Jatta, director of the Vatican Museums, hailed the rediscovery of the reliquary as “a nearly unprecedented find.”

Pope Francis: The contemplative dimension of being human gives life flavor

The pope has encouraged Catholics to engage in “loving contemplation,” a practice that “does not need many words.”

EU to showcase the European history of Rome’s Catholic churches

Weekly walks to 26 of Rome’s churches with historic ties to European nations will take place in May and June.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for May is for the regulation of financial markets

“This situation is unsustainable. It’s dangerous,” Pope Francis said in a video message released May 4.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ 30th birthday celebrated by parishes across world

Acutis, who was born on May 3, 1991, is the first millennial to be beatified.

Pope Francis to open event on Italy’s demographic decline

The country’s birth rate has hit a historic low.

Pope Francis to Catholic associations: ‘The Lord counts on your boldness’

The pope urged the groups to beware of “the trap of organizational charts.”