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

A handful of Catholic leaders and others voice support for Cardinal Zen as his trial begins

Sep 26, 2022 / 17:00 pm

These are Catholic leaders, scholars, and human rights activists who have publicly shown their support for Zen as his trial commences.

Pope Francis names new head of Vatican Dicastery for Culture and Education

Sep 26, 2022 / 08:00 am

The Vatican announced on Sept. 26 that the pope appointed Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça as the prefect of the newly formed dicastery.

Cardinal Zen stands trial in Hong Kong

Sep 26, 2022 / 02:40 am

Cardinal Joseph Zen and five others stood trial in Hong Kong on Monday for failing to properly register a fund to provide legal aid to pro-democracy protesters. 

Pope Francis appeals for the release of kidnapped Catholics in Cameroon

Sep 25, 2022 / 07:00 am

Five Catholic priests, a religious sister, and three lay people were kidnapped in an attack on a Catholic church in Cameroon nine days ago.

Pope Francis: The Eucharist teaches us to adore God rather than ourselves

Sep 25, 2022 / 05:30 am

Matera, known as the “city of bread,” hosted Italy’s National Eucharist Congress.

Leading theologian sees a ‘rise in interest in Aquinas’ among young Catholics

Sep 22, 2022 / 12:15 pm

A new generation of young people are deeply invested in the study of St. Thomas Aquinas, according to Father Thomas Joseph White.

Pope Francis urges support for Hurricane Fiona victims

Sep 21, 2022 / 07:04 am

Pope Francis has called on Christians to support communities in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Fiona.

Pope Francis: ‘The cross of Christ remains the anchor of salvation’

Sep 21, 2022 / 04:05 am

Pope Francis on Wednesday said that offering Mass for the feast of the Holy Cross led him to think about the meaning of the cross today.

St. Peter’s Basilica to light up with video projection telling the story of first pope

Sep 20, 2022 / 08:34 am

Visitors to the Vatican in October will be able to see the facade of St. Peter’s Basilica illuminated with a video display telling the story of the Church’s first pope. 

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski prays at mass grave in Ukraine

Sep 20, 2022 / 04:58 am

A Vatican envoy in Ukraine prayed in silence at the recently discovered mass grave in Izium on Monday while forensic experts exhumed bodies, at least 146 so far.

Blood of St. Januarius liquefies in Naples on feast day

Sep 19, 2022 / 04:46 am

The blood of St. Januarius liquefied on Monday at a Mass in Naples, where the archbishop sharply condemned the city’s “cancerous mafia culture.”

Pope Francis: Christians cannot be indifferent to corruption

Sep 18, 2022 / 04:35 am

Pope Francis’ comments on corruption were inspired by one of Jesus’ parables that the pope said can be difficult to understand at first glance.

Pope Francis tells Kazakhstan’s small Catholic community ‘being little’ is a blessing

Sep 15, 2022 / 02:13 am

Pope Francis told Kazakhstan’s small Catholic community on Thursday that “being little” is a blessing from God.

Pope Francis says his thoughts are with war-torn Ukraine on feast of the Holy Cross

Sep 14, 2022 / 06:37 am

Speaking at an outdoor Mass in Kazakhstan’s capital on Sept. 14, the pope said he was thinking of “all the war-torn areas of our world, particularly beloved Ukraine.”

Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill meeting still possible at future date, Russian Orthodox metropolitan says

Sep 14, 2022 / 05:17 am

Pope Francis met Wednesday with the head of the Russian Orthodox delegation in Kazakhstan, who said a papal meeting with Patriarch Kirill is still on the table.

Pope Francis arrives in Kazakhstan, urges peace in ‘senseless and tragic war’ in Ukraine

Sep 13, 2022 / 09:00 am

In a speech to Kazakh civil authorities and diplomats in Nur-Sultan on Sept. 13, the pope said he wanted to “echo the plea of all those who cry out for peace.”

Pope Francis on papal plane: ‘I’m always ready to go to China’

Sep 13, 2022 / 04:59 am

Pope Francis told journalists on the papal plane Tuesday that he is ready for the first papal trip to China.

‘Eucharistic adoration in every church in Europe’: Prayers for Ukraine on Holy Cross feast

Sep 13, 2022 / 04:32 am

Catholic bishops have called for “Eucharistic adoration in every church in Europe” to pray for peace in Ukraine on the feast of the Holy Cross this week.

The geopolitics of Pope Francis’ trip to Kazakhstan

Sep 12, 2022 / 12:00 pm

This week Pope Francis is traveling to Kazakhstan, a Muslim-majority country sandwiched between Russia and China.

Pope Francis honors nun killed by Islamist terrorists in Mozambique

Sep 11, 2022 / 07:30 am

Sister Maria de Coppi was shot and killed last week as terrorists ransacked and burned the Catholic mission where she served.