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

Italian Senate launches inquiry into disappearance of Vatican Girl and another missing teen

Nov 10, 2023 / 13:30 pm

Emanuela Orlandi, the teenage daughter of an envoy of the Prefecture of the Papal Household, disappeared June 22, 1983, after leaving for a music lesson.

Vatican releases schedule for Pope Francis’ trip to Dubai in December

Nov 9, 2023 / 11:46 am

The pope will visit the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city Dec. 1–3 where he will give a speech and meet world leaders.

Pope Francis: It’s our duty to give a voice to women who are victims of abuse

Nov 9, 2023 / 09:17 am

The pope said that violence against women must be “eliminated from its roots” — namely prejudiced ideas that see people as “objects.”

Pope Francis recognizes miracle attributed to Argentine Cardinal Pironio

Nov 8, 2023 / 12:51 pm

Pope Francis approved a miracle on Wednesday attributed to Argentine Cardinal Eduardo Pironio, paving the way for his beatification.

Pope Francis to release an autobiography in the spring

Nov 8, 2023 / 06:45 am

HarperCollins Publishers announced Tuesday that it will publish the pope’s book, “Life, My Story Through History,” in the spring of 2024.

Vatican hospital offers to treat critically ill baby denied life support in Britain

Nov 7, 2023 / 10:30 am

Bambino Gesù hospital has offered to treat 8-month-old Indi Gregory after a British court ruled that she be removed from life support against her parents’ wishes.

‘A cinematic meditation’: Catholic film on religious life in U.S. theaters Nov. 2

Oct 31, 2023 / 10:27 am

A new documentary on Catholic religious life will be shown in movie theaters across the U.S. for a one-night release on Nov. 2.

The first Synod on Synodality assembly is over. What comes next?

Oct 30, 2023 / 11:45 am

Much remains unclear about what concretely will take place in the year leading up to the second and final Synod on Synodality assembly in October 2024.

Pope Francis at Synod closing Mass: To reform the Church, adore God and love others

Oct 29, 2023 / 07:30 am

At the Synod on Synodality’s closing Mass, Pope Francis said that God’s love cannot be confined “to our own agenda.”

Vatican releases Synod on Synodality report proposing larger role for laity in Church

Oct 28, 2023 / 15:28 pm

The document proposes a “synodal Church” that implements synodality throughout Church governance, theology, mission, and discernment of doctrine.

Pope Francis consecrates war-torn world to Virgin Mary in Eucharistic prayer vigil

Oct 27, 2023 / 13:19 pm

Invoking the Virgin Mary as the Queen of Peace and Mother of Mercy, Pope Francis implored her in St. Peter’s Basilica to “intercede for our world.”

Vatican: Pope Francis has lifted the statute of limitations on Rupnik case

Oct 27, 2023 / 08:52 am

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has decided to lift the statute of limitations in the case of Father Marko Rupnik.

Cardinal at Synod on Synodality: ‘Clericalizing women’ will not solve problems

Oct 26, 2023 / 11:25 am

Cardinal Robert Francis Prevost noted that the Catholic Church is not a mirror image of society and “needs to be different.”

Pope Francis speaks at Synod on Synodality: ‘Clericalism’ defiles the Church

Oct 26, 2023 / 06:55 am

Pope Francis denounced clericalism and called it a “scandal” to see young priests buying lace vestments at tailor shops in a strongly-worded speech.

Cardinal Bo: Synod on Synodality is ‘a long march of hope for all humanity’

Oct 23, 2023 / 12:11 pm

Myanmar’s Cardinal Charles Maung Bo described the Synod of Synodality as “a long march of hope for all humanity” during a Mass on Monday.

Synod on Synodality’s ‘most fertile time’ will be between the assemblies, Radcliffe says

Oct 23, 2023 / 07:27 am

“These 11 months will be like a pregnancy,” Father Timothy Radcliffe told the synod delegates. “We, my brothers and sisters, are pregnant with new life.” 

Archbishop: If a Synod proposal is at odds with the Gospel, ‘that’s not of the Holy Spirit’

Oct 20, 2023 / 12:00 pm

“We’ve got to be careful about blaming everything — all our opinions, our interests, lobbies, and factions — putting all that on the Holy Spirit,” he said. 

Irish president honors WWII hero Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty at the Vatican

Oct 20, 2023 / 09:40 am

Ireland’s President Michael Higgins in a Vatican ceremony on Oct. 19 paid tribute to O’Flaherty, an Irish priest who hid Italian Jews from the Nazis.

Latvian bishop at Synod: If someone is living in sin, we can’t tell them that’s all right

Oct 18, 2023 / 13:28 pm

“If there is a person living in sin and we tell this person, ‘Everything is all right with you, it’s OK, go ahead,’ we do harm,” the prelate said.

Synodality must be at the service of evangelization, archbishop says

Oct 18, 2023 / 07:00 am

Archbishop Gintaras Grušas also noted how St. Luke’s Gospel “highlights the important role of women in the life of the Church and in announcing the Good News.”