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

This is the prayer to the Holy Spirit that Pope Francis wants every Catholic to know

Nov 10, 2021 / 05:17 am

The pope urged Catholics to keep a copy of the prayer with them.

Pope Francis prays for Iraqi PM after assassination attempt

Nov 9, 2021 / 06:00 am

A papal telegram described the drone attack as a ‘vile act of terrorism.’

French Catholic bishops announce ‘vast program of renewal’ after abuse report

Nov 8, 2021 / 08:00 am

The bishops knelt in an act of penance in Lourdes.

Pope Francis: ‘The Church must bear witness to the importance of beauty’

Nov 5, 2021 / 13:00 pm

The pope inaugurated a new art gallery at the Vatican Library.

It’s official: Pope Francis will travel to Cyprus and Greece in December

Nov 5, 2021 / 06:40 am

The five-day trip will include a stop on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Pope Francis urges French Catholic bishops to console victims in wake of abuse report

Nov 5, 2021 / 06:00 am

The bishops are currently meeting in Lourdes.

Pope Francis meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at Vatican

Nov 4, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The Holy See has long supported a two-state solution.

Pope Francis calls for ‘process of conversion’ in the Church to prevent all forms of abuse

Nov 4, 2021 / 06:05 am

The pope said that ‘the culture of death’ leads to sexual abuse.

‘No more coffins piled up’: Palermo archbishop laments lack of burial space

Nov 3, 2021 / 13:00 pm

The archbishop blessed 800 bodies still awaiting burial.

Pope Francis asks Catholics to pray in November for people suffering depression

Nov 3, 2021 / 09:00 am

The condition affects an estimated 280 million people worldwide.

New report details experience of Christians detained in North Korea

Nov 3, 2021 / 07:00 am

‘When they were caught praying, they were beaten every morning for 20 consecutive days.’

Pope Francis celebrates All Souls’ Day Mass at military cemetery in Rome

Nov 2, 2021 / 06:15 am

The pope placed white flowers on some of the graves.

Vatican highlights challenge of ‘hyper-nationalism’ in Diwali message

Oct 29, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to meet Pope Francis on Oct. 30.

Pope Francis receives cross made from barbed wire from North Korean border

Oct 29, 2021 / 09:00 am

The cross was a gift from South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Pope Francis to meet leaders of the US, India and South Korea in the next 24 hours

Oct 29, 2021 / 02:45 am

All three leaders are in Rome this week for the G20 summit.

Journalists protest as Vatican cancels live coverage of Joe Biden greeting Pope Francis

Oct 28, 2021 / 10:30 am

The Vatican offered no explanation for the decision.

Catholics can get an indulgence for the dead by praying at a cemetery any day this November

Oct 28, 2021 / 07:12 am

A plenary indulgence remits all temporal punishment due to sin.

Pope Francis to visit Canada in 'pilgrimage of healing and reconciliation' with Indigenous peoples

Oct 27, 2021 / 09:00 am

The potential visit by Pope Francis would be the first papal trip to Canada in nearly 20 years.

Order of Malta thanks Pope Francis for choosing to 'accelerate the process of reform'

Oct 27, 2021 / 05:30 am

"As my special delegate you have all the powers necessary to decide any questions that may arise," the pope wrote in a letter to Cardinal Tomasi this week.

Why the next bishop of Hong Kong has a giraffe in his coat of arms

Oct 26, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Bishop-elect Stephen Chow Sau-yan is due to be consecrated on Dec. 4.