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

As bishops say he's 'failed,' Nigeria's president meets with Trump

May 1, 2018 / 16:00 pm

In a meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at the White House Monday, President Donald Trump expressed his concern about recent attacks on Christians in Nigeria.

Commentary: St Joseph the Worker in the 21st century

May 1, 2018 / 02:01 am

As the father of Alfie Evans fought to defend his son’s life, I could not help but think of St. Joseph fleeing the threat of King Herod’s tyranny with the Christ child in his arms.

Bishop: With historic Inter-Korean Summit, 'God answered our prayers'

Apr 27, 2018 / 15:42 pm

Local bishops called the Inter-Korean Summit an answered prayer after the leaders of the two Koreas signed a peace agreement on April 27.

New report paints worrying picture of global religious freedom

Apr 26, 2018 / 09:45 am

Religious freedom conditions worsened across the globe in the past year, according to the U.S. Commission for International Religious Freedom’s 2018 report, released April 25. ??

Vietnamese pastor who was jailed for faith says it was 'God's gift to me'

Apr 19, 2018 / 15:09 pm

After surviving six years of imprisonment and torture, Vietnamese pastor Nguyen Cong Chinh told CNA that prayer sustained him through his physical suffering and pain.

Five things Catholics can do to support international religious liberty

Apr 19, 2018 / 14:09 pm

At the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Summit on Wednesday, Robert George shared five steps Catholics can take to support religious freedom at home and abroad.

US promises $16 million to aid Venezuelan refugees

Apr 16, 2018 / 15:33 pm

As the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela deepens, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence announced that the United States will provide nearly $16 million in aid to Venezuelan refugees.

How hospitals are targeted in the Syrian civil war

Apr 13, 2018 / 18:00 pm

Hospitals have become military targets in Syria, making it difficult to provide aid to victims of the country’s civil war, according to leaders of NGO and human rights groups working in the region.

Facebook CEO apologizes for 'mistake' of blocking Catholic content

Apr 11, 2018 / 12:12 pm

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced questions from lawmakers about his company’s censorship of Catholic content during his two-day congressional hearing following the revelation that millions of Facebook users’ personal data had been compromised.

President of France calls on Catholics to engage politically

Apr 11, 2018 / 02:03 am

French President Emmanuel Macron stressed the importance of a Catholic voice in the country’s political debates, particularly on bioethical issues, in an address to the French bishops April 9.  

Africans stand for life in UN battles over reproductive health

Apr 9, 2018 / 15:27 pm

African Catholics remained concerned about a push from Western leaders to promote abortion and contraception in Africa in the name of economic development, especially as the United Nations Commission on Population and Development began its annual meeting Monday.

Archbishop Chaput: Paul VI would not be surprised by the #MeToo movement

Apr 4, 2018 / 18:01 pm

“The #MeToo movement, emotional wreckage, sexual disease and date rape are the realities we’ve inherited from the sexual revolution. Paul VI would not be surprised,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput in a speech Wednesday.

The Syria visited by Pope John Paul II, and Syria today

Apr 3, 2018 / 13:00 pm

When Pope Saint John Paul II visited Syria in 2001, he called on Christians to remember Syria’s “magnificent contribution” to the history of Christianity. As the country reels from seven years of civil war, Christian communities in Damascus continue to struggle to protect that heritage.

Retreat fosters healing for adult children of divorce

Apr 2, 2018 / 02:39 am

According to the Pew Research Center, only 46 percent of Americans under the age of 18 live in a traditional family with two parents in their first marriage.

For former inmates, returning to society comes with challenges

Mar 29, 2018 / 15:18 pm

For the fourth time in his pontificate, Pope Francis will wash the feet of inmates at a prison on Holy Thursday this year.

Ambassador Brownback: World faces a 'critical moment' for religious minorities

Mar 26, 2018 / 15:11 pm

“It is more dangerous now than any time in history to be a person of faith,” said Ambassador Sam Brownback at an event marking the second anniversary of U.S. recognition that the Islamic State committed genocide against religious minorities, including Christians, in Syria and Iraq.

What the 'Great Firewall' might signal for Vatican-China deal

Mar 23, 2018 / 20:47 pm

As the Chinese government tightens control over Christian groups in the country, experts caution that Beijing is positioned to further restrict religious freedom, using the model of government-run social media.

Saint Paul film highlights Christian hope in the face of persecution

Mar 23, 2018 / 12:48 pm

Actors and filmmakers at the red carpet premiere of “Paul Apostle of Christ” said the film’s portrayal of Christian persecution in ancient Rome is a timely reminder that people around the world continue to suffer for their faith.

Philly archdiocese responds after city halts foster care placements

Mar 16, 2018 / 15:00 pm

After the City of Philadelphia announced it has stopped using Catholic Social Services’ foster care program because it does not place children with same-sex couples, the archdiocese has said it hopes to resume a partnership with the city.

Haspel CIA nomination raises questions about ‘enhanced interrogation’ and torture

Mar 15, 2018 / 18:00 pm

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, oversaw a secret prison in Thailand where US intelligence targets were reportedly subject to waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation” techniques.