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 updates norms on crimes judged by Vatican’s doctrinal office

Dec 7, 2021 / 10:00 am

The norms address the delicts of schism, sacramental desecration, and abuse of minors

New report finds freedom of conscience under threat in France, Spain, and Sweden

Dec 7, 2021 / 09:00 am

The report said further developments could lead to ‘complete exclusion of Christians from certain professions.’

Pope Francis says he accepted Paris archbishop’s resignation ‘on the altar of hypocrisy’

Dec 6, 2021 / 07:21 am

The pope accepted Archbishop Michel Aupetit’s resignation on Dec. 2.

Pope Francis in Greece: ‘Let us ask for the grace of hope’

Dec 5, 2021 / 09:05 am

The pope encouraged the 2,000 people gathered in Athens’ Megaron Concert Hall to be “witnesses of hope and sowers of joy.”

Pope Francis calls migrant crisis a ‘shipwreck of civilization’ during refugee camp visit

Dec 5, 2021 / 05:00 am

Pope Francis visited the Mavrovouni migrant reception and identification center located along the shore of the island of Lesbos,

Hong Kong bishop consecrated in Cathedral of Immaculate Conception

Dec 4, 2021 / 03:00 am

More than 6,000 people tuned in live to watch Chow’s consecration Mass on YouTube.

These Christian migrants prayed for a better future. Now Pope Francis is making it possible

Dec 3, 2021 / 13:00 pm

As a sign of Pope Francis’ concern for migrants, the Vatican has announced that it is helping to arrange the transfer of refugees from Cyprus to Italy.

Pope Francis in Cyprus: We encounter Jesus in the faces of migrants

Dec 3, 2021 / 09:00 am

Four migrants shared their testimonies with the pope.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Catholic archbishop of Paris

Dec 2, 2021 / 04:23 am

Archbishop Michel Aupetit, 70, has led the archdiocese since 2018.

Dutch Catholic bishops cancel Christmas Midnight Masses due to COVID-19 pandemic

Dec 1, 2021 / 08:30 am

No Catholic Masses or other parish functions will be allowed to take place after 5 p.m.

Pope Francis: St. Joseph shows engaged couples what real love looks like

Dec 1, 2021 / 05:15 am

‘We need to move from infatuation to mature love,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis’ prayer intention for December is for catechists

Nov 30, 2021 / 13:00 pm

Pope Francis instituted a new ministry of catechist in May.

Pope Francis to Orthodox leader: May God prepare us to receive gift of full unity

Nov 30, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The pope sent the message on the feast of St. Andrew.

Report: Pope Francis could bring 50 migrants from Cyprus to Italy

Nov 29, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The pope will arrive in Cyprus on Dec. 2.

Immaculate Conception: Pope Francis cancels public act of veneration again due to pandemic

Nov 29, 2021 / 04:37 am

Last year, the pope made a surprise visit to pray alone at the Immaculate Conception statue.

Pope Francis meets French President Emmanuel Macron at the Vatican

Nov 26, 2021 / 08:10 am

Asked how he was doing, the pope told Macron: ‘I’m still alive.’

Pope Francis attends student play on how the pandemic has affected young people

Nov 26, 2021 / 04:00 am

The pope watched a show called ‘The faces of the pandemic.’

Pope Francis tells new Lebanese PM: Lebanon is worth fighting to save

Nov 25, 2021 / 06:05 am

Najib Mikati gave the pope a brick from a church damaged in the Beirut port explosion.

Synod on Synodality organizers want local stage to focus on one fundamental question

Nov 24, 2021 / 09:00 am

Cardinal Mario Grech was addressing the Italian bishops.

Pope Francis: Digital revolution forces us to rethink what it means to be human

Nov 24, 2021 / 05:10 am

‘Today, a revolution is underway,’ the pope told the Pontifical Council for Culture.