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. She is the author of “Blessed Carlo Acutis: A Saint in Sneakers” (Ignatius, 2023), https://ignatius.com/carlo-acutis-sscap/.

Articles by Courtney Mares

Eucharistic congress ‘a moment of unity’ for the U.S. Church, Bishop Cozzens says

Jul 20, 2024 / 14:20 pm

More than 50,000 Catholics from all 50 states who speak more than 40 languages are at the congress, which features keynote speeches and Eucharistic adoration.

Scott Hahn urges priests at National Eucharistic Congress to ‘rekindle Eucharistic amazement’ 

Jul 19, 2024 / 17:55 pm

During the first session with nearly 1,000 priests on Wednesday, Scott Hahn offered a retreat meditation on the biblical account of the road to Emmaus.

Catholics from across country meet in Indiana for National Eucharistic Congress

Jul 18, 2024 / 16:29 pm

Bishop Andrew Cozzens of Crookston, Minnesota, called the congress “a moment of unity” for the Church in the United States.

National Eucharistic Congress begins in Indianapolis: ‘We did this for you, Lord’

Jul 18, 2024 / 09:35 am

The Congress, which has drawn tens of thousands of people to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, is the first such event to be held in the U.S. since World War II.

National Eucharistic Congress to draw more than 50,000 to Indianapolis

Jul 15, 2024 / 09:00 am

The five-day congress will be the first National Eucharistic Congress held in the United States since World War II. 

Relics of Carlo Acutis and 6 saints coming to National Eucharistic Congress

Jul 13, 2024 / 07:00 am

Relics of Carlo Acutis, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Juan Diego, and other saints can be venerated at the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis next week.

Pope Francis to attend ‘Miracle of the Snow’ commemoration in Rome

Jul 12, 2024 / 11:25 am

Each year white rose petals fall from the ceiling of the papal Marian basilica in commemoration of a miraculous snowfall in Rome on Aug. 5 in 358 A.D.

Pope Francis meets Russian Orthodox Church’s ‘foreign minister’ at the Vatican

Jul 12, 2024 / 09:18 am

The pope met Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Anthony at the Vatican, the head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, on Thursday.

Pope Francis tells AI leaders: No machine should ever choose to take human life

Jul 10, 2024 / 10:33 am

In a message to an AI ethics conference in Hiroshima, Japan, the pope underlined that artificial intelligence has implications for the future of war and peace in our world.

Synod organizer says Vatican doctrine office is studying women deacons

Jul 9, 2024 / 15:05 pm

Cardinal Mario Grech said the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith is studying “the women’s diaconate” within the context of its in-depth study of ministries.

Pope Francis appoints new prefect of Vatican archives

Jul 6, 2024 / 09:05 am

The Vatican Apostolic Archive contains 53 miles of shelving preserving documentation preserving important documents for the Church dating to the eighth century.

Vatican releases schedule for Pope Francis’ two-week trip to Asia and Oceania

Jul 5, 2024 / 11:46 am

At the age of 87, the Holy Father is set to take on his most ambitious international trip yet to Southeast Asia and Oceania in September.

Vatican excommunicates Viganò for schism

Jul 5, 2024 / 09:35 am

The Vatican has officially excommunicated Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith announced Friday.

Lourdes bishop wants to tear down Rupnik mosaics — but not yet

Jul 3, 2024 / 06:38 am

The Lourdes bishop’s announcement comes less than two weeks after he met with Pope Francis in a private audience at the Vatican on June 20.

Pope Francis asks Sacred Heart of Jesus to convert hearts who want war

Jun 30, 2024 / 09:59 am

Pope Francis prayed for the intercession of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on Sunday to convert “the hearts of those who want war” to projects of dialogue and peace.

Vatican fireworks: A 500-year-old tradition for the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

Jun 29, 2024 / 05:00 am

Each year on June 29, fireworks are launched from atop Castel Sant’Angelo in celebration of the co-patron saints of Rome, St. Peter and St. Paul.

Vatican rules supposed apparitions of Virgin Mary near Rome ‘not supernatural’

Jun 27, 2024 / 11:38 am

The Vatican confirmed the legal validity of an Italian bishop’s decree that the supposed apparitions in Trevignano Romano are “not supernatural.”

Pope Francis: Drug cartels are ‘traffickers of death’ and ‘murderers’

Jun 26, 2024 / 07:48 am

“We cannot ignore the evil intentions and actions of drug dealers and traffickers. They are murderers!” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square on June 26.

Pope Francis donates ambulance, opens war trauma center in Ukraine

Jun 25, 2024 / 13:15 pm

Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner and prefect of the Dicastery for the Service of Charity, is traveling to Ukraine to inaugurate the clinic.

Pope Francis appoints Gänswein to diplomatic role in Baltic states

Jun 24, 2024 / 07:30 am

The diplomatic appointment comes after months of speculation and rumor as to Gänswein’s future after the death of Pope Benedict XVI.