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’ advice on retirement: Leave ‘a legacy of good, rather than just goods’

May 11, 2022 / 04:50 am

The pope was speaking at his general audience.

Titus Brandsma: A new patron saint of journalism?

May 10, 2022 / 10:11 am

More than 60 journalists have issued an appeal to Pope Francis.

Who are the 4 women being canonized this weekend?

May 10, 2022 / 06:00 am

Pope Francis will preside over the first canonizations in more than two years on May 15.

Pope Francis names new auxiliary bishop for Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

May 9, 2022 / 05:05 am

Bishop-elect Michael G. Woost is a priest of the Cleveland diocese.

Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury say South Sudan trip will be a ‘pilgrimage of peace’

May 7, 2022 / 09:45 am

"In anticipation of our pilgrimage of peace this coming summer, we look forward to visiting your great country.”

Pope Francis: ‘It’s not possible to worship God while making the liturgy a battleground’

May 7, 2022 / 08:10 am

Pope Francis said that the liturgy should not be “a battleground” for “outdated issues.”

Pope Francis encourages religious orders to ‘make their synodal journey’

May 5, 2022 / 09:56 am

The pope spoke off the cuff to members of the International Union of Superiors General.

US ambassador to the Holy See meets Ukrainian refugee born in bomb shelter

May 5, 2022 / 05:35 am

Joe Donnelly met with a Ukrainian mother who had given birth to her baby in a shelter under a hospital.

Japan’s PM tells Vatican of concern about human rights in Hong Kong and Xinjiang

May 4, 2022 / 10:57 am

Fumio Kishida discussed nuclear weapons with Pope Francis during a 25-minute meeting.

Pope Francis: Faith is not something only ‘for old people’

May 4, 2022 / 07:35 am

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

Pope Francis apologizes for not leaving his chair at Wednesday audience

May 4, 2022 / 05:00 am

‘Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stop among you due to my knee injury,’ the pope said.

Faith-based feminism pioneer and tireless wartime Catholic priest beatified together in Italy

May 3, 2022 / 11:20 am

The beatification of Armida Barelli and Father Mario Ciceri took place at Milan Cathedral.

St. Januarius’ blood liquifies for first time in 2022

May 3, 2022 / 08:10 am

The liquefaction traditionally happens at least three times a year.

Pope Francis to undergo medical procedure for ‘torn ligament’ in knee

May 3, 2022 / 02:41 am

‘I have been like this for some time, I cannot walk … It also brings a little pain, humiliation,’ the pope said.

Cardinal O’Malley defends the independence of the Vatican’s safeguarding commission

Apr 29, 2022 / 09:20 am

The Boston archbishop said that Pope Francis ‘has assured us that … the commission will be independent.’

Pope Francis asks for annual report on Church’s efforts to prevent abuse

Apr 29, 2022 / 07:30 am

The pontiff was addressing the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

Pope Francis thanks Papal Foundation for aid to Ukraine

Apr 28, 2022 / 09:40 am

The pope said that the foundation brings ‘love, hope, and mercy’ to those it supports.

Pope’s cardinal advisers debate women’s role in the Church with Amazon nun

Apr 28, 2022 / 08:10 am

Sister Laura Vicuña presented a report offering “a pastoral perspective” on women in the Church.

Pope Francis updates canon law on dismissal from religious institutes

Apr 26, 2022 / 09:35 am

The change follows sweeping reform of the Catholic Church’s penal sanctions.

Pope Francis: God is weeping for the victims of the Ukraine war

Apr 23, 2022 / 09:40 am

The pope offered a reflection on "Our Lady of Tears."