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: Jesus frees us from the ‘paralysis’ of laziness and selfishness

Apr 23, 2022 / 08:00 am

The pope met with young people participating in a missionary youth conference.

Pope Francis names secretaries of doctrinal and disciplinary sections of CDF

Apr 23, 2022 / 06:10 am

Under Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia, the internal structure of the CDF has been reorganized into two sections.

Pope Francis names Cardinal Czerny head of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development

Apr 23, 2022 / 05:00 am

The pope also named a new secretary and undersecretary for the social development dicastery.

Benedict XVI's secretary in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19

Apr 21, 2022 / 05:30 am

Gänswein has been in isolation since April 11, a time period that included all of the Easter Triduum and Benedict XVI’s 95th birthday.

Pope Francis: Catholic education is vital in ‘an age awash in information’

Apr 21, 2022 / 03:05 am

Pope Francis has said that Catholic education and formation are more important than ever in “an age awash in information often transmitted without wisdom or critical sense.”

Mexican Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán has died at the age of 89

Apr 20, 2022 / 07:00 am

The Mexican cardinal is remembered as a strong voice of opposition to abortion and euthanasia.

Ukrainian soldier appeals to Pope Francis to help save the people of Mariupol

Apr 19, 2022 / 09:20 am

Major Serhiy Volyna, who has been leading the 36th marine brigade in the battle for the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, pleaded with the pope to help do something to safely evacuate people from the city.

Pope Francis tells 80,000 teens to ask Our Lady for courage to do God’s will

Apr 19, 2022 / 05:30 am

The youth pilgrimage was organized in an effort to reach out to young people whose lives were upended during the past two years of isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pope Francis at Easter Vigil: The Risen Lord has robbed evil of its power

Apr 16, 2022 / 13:45 pm

Pope Francis did not preside over the Easter Vigil Mass, but he delivered the homily and baptized seven people.

How the Good Friday Holy Land collection unites Catholics with the places of Christ’s Passion

Apr 14, 2022 / 09:10 am

Cardinal Sandri said: ‘It is truly a providential opportunity for the whole Catholic Church to take advantage of this collection.’

Benedict XVI was ‘a prophet’ of Church’s future, Pope Francis tells Malta’s Jesuits

Apr 14, 2022 / 04:30 am

‘It will be a Church that is more spiritual, poorer and less political,’ Pope Francis said.

With pope’s blessing, Knights of Columbus to give 10,000 Easter care packages to Ukraine war victims

Apr 13, 2022 / 09:47 am

‘Our efforts in Ukraine and Poland have only just begun,’ said Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly.

Here’s what Pope Francis says about World War III in a new book

Apr 13, 2022 / 06:45 am

‘And so, step by step, we are moving towards catastrophe,’ the pope writes.

Pope Francis plans to visit Kazakhstan in September

Apr 12, 2022 / 04:35 am

The pope hopes to take part in the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions.

Ukrainian and Russian families to carry cross at pope’s Good Friday Via Crucis

Apr 11, 2022 / 08:24 am

The two families will carry a wooden cross together for the 13th station in the Colosseum.

Pope Francis receives new US ambassador to the Holy See

Apr 11, 2022 / 05:00 am

‘I look forward to deepening our ties with the Holy See,’ Joe Donnelly said in a video message.

Pope Francis: We are witnessing the ‘impotence’ of the UN in the Ukraine war

Apr 6, 2022 / 06:30 am

The pope made the comments during a reflection on his recent trip to Malta at his weekly general audience.

Pope Francis: Blood of Bucha victims ‘cries out to heaven’ for end to Ukraine war

Apr 6, 2022 / 03:00 am

The pope held up a blue and yellow flag which he said was brought to him from “the martyred city” of Bucha, Ukraine.

Pope Francis addresses his health problems during in-flight press conference

Apr 3, 2022 / 13:11 pm

The pope was speaking at the end of his two-day visit to the Mediterranean country.

Pope Francis reminds migrants in Malta of his ‘closeness’ on last day of visit

Apr 3, 2022 / 10:31 am

Addressing a crowd on Sunday at the John XIII Peace Lab, an immigration reception center in Hal Far, Malta, Pope Francis called for strengthening “the fabric of social friendship and the culture of encounter, starting from places such as this.”