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

Bishop Flores on Texas elementary school shooting: ‘Don’t tell me that guns aren’t the problem’

May 25, 2022 / 07:55 am

Bishops across the US are responding to the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Cardinal Zen: ‘Martyrdom is normal in our Church’

May 25, 2022 / 05:44 am

The cardinal was speaking during a live-streamed Mass after his court appearance.

New Catholic archbishop of Paris invokes ‘synodal spirit’ at installation Mass

May 24, 2022 / 10:40 am

Archbishop Laurent Ulrich is the 142nd archbishop of Paris.

Cardinal Zen appears in court in Hong Kong

May 24, 2022 / 04:10 am

The date set for Cardinal Zen’s trial is Sept. 19.

40,000 people take part in Italy’s March for Life

May 23, 2022 / 11:30 am

‘We are here to reaffirm the right of children to come into the world,’ said Father Andres Bonello.

Almost 12,000 people attend the beatification of Pauline Jaricot

May 23, 2022 / 10:00 am

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle presided over the beatification Mass in Lyon.

Pope Francis advances sainthood cause of Filipino bishop known for bilocation

May 21, 2022 / 10:00 am

The pope also approved the canonization of Blessed Giovanni Battista Scalabrini.

Pope Francis: Catholic schools should not be Christian in name only

May 21, 2022 / 07:00 am

The pope spoke to the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

Vatican foreign minister meets Ukrainian counterpart in Kyiv

May 20, 2022 / 11:32 am

Archbishop Paul Gallagher prayed at a former mass grave site in Bucha during his Ukraine visit.

Pope Francis sends condolences after death of UAE’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed

May 20, 2022 / 08:40 am

The pope paid tribute to ‘his distinguished and far-sighted leadership in the service of the nation.’

Vatican hosts synod listening session with disabled Catholics

May 20, 2022 / 05:15 am

‘I’m in debt to people with disabilities,’ said Cardinal Grech. ‘One of them led me on the path of a priestly vocation.’

PHOTOS: Madrid launches holy year in honor of St Isidore the Farmer

May 19, 2022 / 11:15 am

The jubilee year will last until May 2023.

George Weigel on what the Vatican can learn from JPII’s diplomacy with Russia

May 19, 2022 / 06:23 am

The papal biographer said the Vatican ought to realize that ‘appeasement of communist regimes never works.’

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

May 18, 2022 / 12:01 pm

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.

Pilgrims in Fatima offer prayers for peace in Ukraine

May 13, 2022 / 11:36 am

May 13 marks the 105th anniversary of the first apparition of Mary in Fatima.

Cardinal Parolin hopes Zen arrest will not complicate Vatican-China dialogue

May 13, 2022 / 11:00 am

Cardinal Parolin said: ‘I would like to express my closeness to the cardinal who was freed and treated well.’

The modern miracle of Fatima

May 13, 2022 / 03:00 am

While men in the trenches of World War I faced chemical gasses and industrialized weaponry that wrought unprecedented human carnage, an Angel of Peace appeared with a message.

‘It’s a way to keep people in fear’: Chinese Catholics react to Cardinal Zen’s arrest

May 12, 2022 / 11:30 am

The 90-year-old cardinal was arrested and bailed under Hong Kong’s national security law.

Hong Kong diocese ‘extremely concerned’ about ‘Cardinal Joseph Zen’s incident’

May 12, 2022 / 04:59 am

‘We have always upheld the rule of law,’ the diocese said.

Pope Francis meets wives of Ukrainian soldiers fighting to defend Mariupol

May 11, 2022 / 10:30 am

‘You are our last hope. We hope that you can save their lives. Please don’t let them die.’