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

Cardinal Sarah to theology students: ‘The more we know the Lord the more we can love him’

Jun 1, 2023 / 10:15 am

At a Mass at the Angelicum in Rome, the Cardinal Robert Sarah spoke about the danger of division in the Church and the importance of prayer.

Pope Francis praises Matteo Ricci for proclaiming the Gospel in China

May 31, 2023 / 05:30 am

The pope dedicated his entire catechesis to sharing the life of Venerable Matteo Ricci, a 16th-century Jesuit missionary in China.

From Hinduism to Catholicism: How Blessed Carlo Acutis inspired a man to convert

May 30, 2023 / 12:05 pm

The son of a Brahman Hindu priest became a Catholic through young Carlo Acutis’ joyful witness to the Eucharist and his love for the poor.

Pope Francis meets with young cancer patients: ‘Jesus is always close to you’

May 30, 2023 / 11:30 am

Pope Francis welcomed pediatric cancer patients from Poland to the Vatican on Monday.

Pope Francis elevates Las Vegas to a metropolitan archdiocese

May 30, 2023 / 06:10 am

The Vatican announced on May 30 that Bishop George Leo Thomas will be the first metropolitan archbishop of Las Vegas.

PHOTOS: Discover 8 beautiful images of the Virgin Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica

May 29, 2023 / 10:30 am

From Michelangelo’s Pieta to a 12th-century painting, St. Peter’s Basilica contains priceless sacred art depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Vatican releases pastoral reflection on Christian engagement with social media

May 29, 2023 / 04:30 am

Topics covered include information overload, constant scrolling, not giving others one’s full attention, being an “influencer,” and more.

Pope Francis encourages Marian shrines around the world to pray for Synod on Synodality

May 28, 2023 / 07:15 am

From the Philippines to Portugal, Marian shrines around the world will participate in a special day of prayer this Wednesday for the work of the synod.

On Pentecost, Pope Francis says Holy Spirit can bring harmony to ‘a polarized Church’

May 28, 2023 / 05:15 am

“Let us put the Holy Spirit back at the center of the Church; otherwise, our hearts will not be consumed by love for Jesus but by love for ourselves.”

Nearly 30,000 abortions in Ireland since referendum came into effect, pro-life group says

May 25, 2023 / 14:15 pm

Five years after Irish voters rejected the constitutional amendment that protected “the right to life of the unborn,” more than 28,800 abortions have occurred.

Auxiliary Bishop Michael Fitzgerald retires after 4 decades serving Archdiocese of Philadelphia

May 24, 2023 / 05:45 am

With degrees in both civil and canon law, Fitzgerald served as the judicial vicar and the founding director of the Office for Legal Services for the archdiocese.

PHOTOS: Rosary procession in St. Peter’s Square honors the Blessed Virgin Mary

May 22, 2023 / 13:00 pm

St. Peter’s Square was illuminated by candlelight Saturday night as pilgrims prayed the rosary in a procession in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

A surfing saint? Pope Francis recognizes the heroic virtue of Guido Schäffer

May 22, 2023 / 11:15 am

Brazil’s “Surfer Angel” was a seminarian, a doctor, and a surfer who drowned while surfing in 2009 off the coast of Rio de Janeiro at age 34.

It's official: Pope Francis will travel to World Youth Day, visit Fatima

May 22, 2023 / 04:40 am

The Lisbon trip will mark the 86-year-old pope’s fourth World Youth Day after taking part in the international Catholic gatherings in Panama, Poland, and Brazil.

Pope Francis on G7 Summit: Nuclear deterrence offers ‘only an illusion of peace’

May 21, 2023 / 08:40 am

In Hiroshima, G7 leaders issued their first-ever statement on nuclear disarmament, with a special focus on Russia.

Pope Francis: ‘We must not get used to war!’

May 21, 2023 / 06:40 am

The pope also prayed for peace in Sudan, where fighting between the country’s military and a coalition of paramilitary forces has killed hundreds.

Guard opens fire as man drives car into Vatican; suspect in custody

May 18, 2023 / 15:13 pm

An unidentified man is in custody after driving a car at high speed through a gate at the Vatican Thursday, the Holy See press office said.

Pope Francis offers condolences after 9 die in northern Italy floods

May 18, 2023 / 07:00 am

Thousands have been evacuated from the worst-hit areas, which include Ravenna, a city famous for its churches’ sixth-century Byzantine mosaics.

Pope Francis receives phone call during general audience

May 17, 2023 / 09:18 am

After the pope greeted English-speaking pilgrims at his public audience on May 17, one of his assistants walked over to him and handed him a cellphone. 

Pope Francis: Share the Gospel with zeal like St. Francis Xavier

May 17, 2023 / 04:35 am

The pope dedicated his entire general audience to sharing the story of the daring 16th-century saint who risked his life to travel to the “unknown ends of the world.”