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

Why the next bishop of Hong Kong has a giraffe in his coat of arms

Oct 26, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Bishop-elect Stephen Chow Sau-yan is due to be consecrated on Dec. 4.

Pope Francis appeals that migrants not be sent back to unsafe countries

Oct 24, 2021 / 06:30 am

Pope Francis called on the international community to stop deporting migrants to unsafe countries.

Pope Francis: Our response to injustice must be more than condemnation

Oct 23, 2021 / 10:30 am

Denunciation is not enough when it comes to issues of injustice, the pope said this weekend.

Pope Francis asks religious sisters to pray for him: 'It is not easy to be the pope'

Oct 23, 2021 / 08:30 am

The pope also shared a story from the life of St. Therese of Lisieux.

Vatican issues decree clarifying responsibilities for translation of Latin liturgical texts

Oct 22, 2021 / 09:00 am

Archbishop Roche said: ‘The great task of translation ... falls to the bishops.’

John Paul II’s mom chose life after her doctor advised an abortion

Oct 22, 2021 / 07:00 am

Over one hundred years ago on May 18, Emilia Wojtyla gave birth to her second son, Karol, after a difficult and life-threatening pregnancy. The child would grow up to be St. John Paul II.

Pope Francis thanks God for ‘profound personal bond’ with Orthodox leader

Oct 22, 2021 / 04:00 am

The Orthodox leader is marking the 30th anniversary of his election.

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa launches synodal process in Holy Land

Oct 21, 2021 / 13:00 pm

The process will open simultaneously in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Cyprus.

Cardinal Tagle: Digital evangelization cannot replace personal encounter

Oct 21, 2021 / 09:00 am

He was speaking at a press conference presenting World Mission Day 2021.

Pope Francis officially recognizes Amazon region ecclesial conference

Oct 20, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The Amazon synod’s final document called for the new body to be created.

Godfather ban: Sicilian Catholic diocese suspends naming of godparents at baptism for 3 years

Oct 20, 2021 / 06:10 am

A decree issued by the archbishop of Catania came into full effect this month.

Pope Francis: Catholic healthcare is called to bear witness to human dignity

Oct 18, 2021 / 08:00 am

He was speaking on the feast of the patron saint of doctors.

Meet the Catholic nuns leading the fight against human trafficking

Oct 15, 2021 / 10:06 am

When a 26-year-old Nigerian girl was first forced out on the streets of Italy by her traffickers, she was told: “You have to start smiling.”

'One million children praying the rosary': Kids join rosary initiative inspired by St. Padre Pio

Oct 15, 2021 / 05:30 am

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign.

This is the miracle that paved the way for John Paul I’s beatification

Oct 13, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Pope Francis has officially recognized the miracle, which took place in his homeland.

Pope Francis: The Gospel opens every culture to greater freedom in Christ

Oct 13, 2021 / 05:45 am

He was speaking at his weekly general audience.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ doctors recall his last days in hospital

Oct 12, 2021 / 18:00 pm

Fifteen-year-old Carlo Acutis died within a week of being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, offering his suffering for the pope and for the Church. Following his beatification on Oct. 10, 2020, his doctors and hospital chaplain recalled their memories of his final days.

Bishop: Ask Bl. Carlo Acutis on his feast day for a greater love for the Eucharist

Oct 12, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The blessed’s tomb has drawn more than 117,000 visitors.

Pope Francis encourages Catholics in Russia to witness to the Gospel

Oct 11, 2021 / 11:23 am

As the Soviet Union was disintegrating 30 years ago, St. John Paul II appointed apostolic administrators for the pastoral care of Latin Rite Catholics based in Moscow and Siberia.

Pope Francis: All religious traditions must resist ‘temptation to fundamentalism’

Oct 7, 2021 / 12:00 pm

He was speaking at an interreligious gathering in front of the Colosseum.