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

Padre Pio was canonized on this day 20 years ago

Jun 16, 2022 / 09:36 am

An anniversary Mass was celebrated at San Giovanni Rotondo.

Pope Francis: No Christian is exempt from aiding the poor

Jun 14, 2022 / 10:15 am

The pope made the remark in his message for the 2022 World Day of the Poor.

Catholic priests martyred under Ottoman Empire beatified in Lebanon

Jun 6, 2022 / 09:40 am

Father Leonard Melki and Father Thomas Saleh were martyred in 1915 and 1917 respectively.

Catholic charity urges world leaders to condemn Nigeria church massacre

Jun 6, 2022 / 04:08 am

At least 50 people were reportedly killed in the ‘Pentecost massacre’ on June 5.

On Pentecost, Pope Francis explained how to recognize the Holy Spirit’s voice

Jun 5, 2022 / 04:30 am

The pope delivered his homily from a wheelchair in front of the main altar of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Vatican asks for suspension of ordinations in French diocese

Jun 3, 2022 / 11:00 am

The Vatican has asked a diocese in southern France to suspend its ordinations of priests and deacons scheduled for this month after a “fraternal visit” of the diocese.

Pope Francis to Oriental Orthodox priests: ‘Unity does not come about by standing still’

Jun 3, 2022 / 10:00 am

Pope Francis met with a delegation of priests and monks from Oriental Orthodox Churches.

Bishop in Mongolia will be the youngest cardinal

Jun 2, 2022 / 14:15 pm

An Italian who has served as a missionary in Mongolia for nearly 20 years will soon become the world’s youngest cardinal.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ tomb permanently reopened for public viewing

Jun 2, 2022 / 07:25 am

Visitors to Assisi can once again see the first millennial to be beatified in the Catholic Church, dressed in jeans and tennis shoes, through a viewing glass on his tomb.

Pope Francis appoints Bishop Barron to lead Minnesota diocese

Jun 2, 2022 / 04:05 am

Barron, who runs the Catholic media apostolate Word on Fire, has served as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles since 2015.

Pope Francis: Guarding ‘dead traditions’ is dangerous for the Church’s life

Jun 1, 2022 / 12:35 pm

The pope was speaking to participants in an international conference on education.

Pope Francis: Bring the love of Jesus’ Sacred Heart ‘to the ends of the earth’

Jun 1, 2022 / 07:25 am

The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Pope Francis: Old age is a time to rediscover trust in the Lord

Jun 1, 2022 / 06:20 am

The pope was speaking at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis: Do not use wheat as a ‘weapon of war’ in Ukraine

Jun 1, 2022 / 04:15 am

‘Please do not use wheat, a staple food, as a weapon of war,’ he urged at the general audience.

Vatican unveils schedule for the 2022 World Meeting of Families in June

May 31, 2022 / 09:05 am

The 10th World Meeting of Families will be held in Rome on June 22-26.

Cardinal Zuppi announces report on clerical sex abuse in Italy

May 27, 2022 / 09:18 am

The report will only cover the years 2000 to 2021.

This Catholic is trekking 4,000 miles across Europe to Jerusalem

May 27, 2022 / 08:12 am

Carlota Valenzuela began the epic foot pilgrimage in January.

Pope Francis cites JRR Tolkien in essay on storytelling

May 27, 2022 / 04:43 am

The pope referred to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ author in the afterword to a new book.

Cardinal Tagle: Missionary dioceses need support with abuse prevention protocols

May 26, 2022 / 09:40 am

‘They need psychologists. They need canon lawyers,’ the Vatican cardinal said.

Gunmen kidnap 2 Catholic priests in Nigeria

May 26, 2022 / 06:00 am

The priests were abducted after the gunmen broke into a rectory in northwest Nigeria.