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

Pope Francis commends university in Poland for six centuries of Catholic education

Jan 11, 2022 / 10:00 am

Pope Francis encouraged the students at the university to live out its motto: “Go and make disciples.”

Pope Francis sends condolences for death of European Parliament president

Jan 11, 2022 / 08:00 am

Sassoli’s funeral will be held in the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Martyrs in Rome on Jan. 14.

Italian bishop forbids unvaccinated priests from distributing Communion

Jan 11, 2022 / 05:00 am

The new diocesan restrictions come as the Italian government has banned unvaccinated citizens from entering restaurants, public transportation, gyms, theaters, and sports events.

Pope Francis’ advice to Christian business executives

Jan 7, 2022 / 07:30 am

‘Do not hesitate to invoke the Holy Spirit to guide your choices,’ he said.

On this day 400 years ago, the Vatican founded Propaganda Fide

Jan 6, 2022 / 12:00 pm

The founding is commemorated by a Chapel of the Magi.

Pope Francis at Epiphany Mass: Let us adore Christ like the Magi

Jan 6, 2022 / 06:00 am

He was offering Mass on the Solemnity of the Epiphany.

Which countries will Pope Francis visit in 2022?

Jan 5, 2022 / 13:00 pm

Possible destinations include Lebanon, Malta, and Papua New Guinea.

Pope Francis: Society loses when ‘dogs and cats take the place of children’

Jan 5, 2022 / 04:20 am

The general audience featured a circus performance.

Pope Francis: Let us place the new year under the protection of Mary

Jan 1, 2022 / 09:35 am

Pope Francis’ first public act of 2022 was to offer Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God.

Pope Francis’ Christmas Mass: ‘God comes into the world in littleness’

Dec 24, 2021 / 13:00 pm

In his Christmas homily, Pope Francis asked Christians to contemplate that God did not choose to come into the world in grandeur, but as a humble child born into poverty.

Piñatas, Posadas and other Christ-centered Mexican Christmas traditions

Dec 21, 2021 / 01:30 am

Here’s what happens during the 9-day Mexican Christmas tradition called ‘las Posadas.’

Assisi is illuminated with Giotto’s frescoes this Christmas season

Dec 17, 2021 / 15:17 pm

Assisi debuted its Giotto Christmas light display in December 2020, but Italy’s coronavirus restrictions last year prevented people from visiting.

Pope Francis: Vaccine access is a matter of justice

Dec 17, 2021 / 14:00 pm

The pope told new ambassadors that the ongoing pandemic is a reminder that “we are a global community where one person’s problems are the problems of all.”

Pope Francis celebrates his 85th birthday with refugees he helped bring to Italy

Dec 17, 2021 / 10:30 am

The group of about ten refugees are being supported directly by Pope Francis.

First known nativity scene figurines are on display in Rome

Dec 16, 2021 / 07:30 am

They are housed in the Basilica of St. Mary Major.

Christmas at the Vatican: Here are the liturgies Pope Francis will celebrate this year

Dec 14, 2021 / 15:35 pm

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ Christmas schedule for this year.

Two Jesuit priests win 2021 Centesimus Annus prize for Catholic social teaching

Dec 13, 2021 / 17:00 pm

Two Jesuit priests have been named the winners of the 2021 edition of the Centesimus Annus Foundation’s prize for writing on Catholic social teaching.

Pope Francis: The value of a person is not determined by ability

Dec 13, 2021 / 14:00 pm

In a meeting with disabled children and their caregivers at the Vatican, Pope Francis said that if disability or illness makes life more difficult, it is no less worthy of being lived, and lived to the fullest.

Pope Francis approves miracle attributed to a French nun who will be made a saint

Dec 13, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The miracle attributed to Rivier, who can now be canonized as a saint in the Catholic Church, involved the healing of a newborn baby in the Philippines in 2015.

PHOTOS: Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations in a small town in Mexico

Dec 12, 2021 / 15:05 pm

For the past 15 days, the town has held rosary processions through the streets each day at 6 a.m. in spiritual preparation for the Marian feast.