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 thanks God for ‘profound personal bond’ with Orthodox leader

Oct 22, 2021 / 04:00 am

The Orthodox leader is marking the 30th anniversary of his election.

Patriarch Pierbattista Pizzaballa launches synodal process in Holy Land

Oct 21, 2021 / 13:00 pm

The process will open simultaneously in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and Cyprus.

Cardinal Tagle: Digital evangelization cannot replace personal encounter

Oct 21, 2021 / 09:00 am

He was speaking at a press conference presenting World Mission Day 2021.

Pope Francis officially recognizes Amazon region ecclesial conference

Oct 20, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The Amazon synod’s final document called for the new body to be created.

Godfather ban: Sicilian Catholic diocese suspends naming of godparents at baptism for 3 years

Oct 20, 2021 / 06:10 am

A decree issued by the archbishop of Catania came into full effect this month.

Pope Francis: Catholic healthcare is called to bear witness to human dignity

Oct 18, 2021 / 08:00 am

He was speaking on the feast of the patron saint of doctors.

Meet the Catholic nuns leading the fight against human trafficking

Oct 15, 2021 / 10:06 am

When a 26-year-old Nigerian girl was first forced out on the streets of Italy by her traffickers, she was told: “You have to start smiling.”

'One million children praying the rosary': Kids join rosary initiative inspired by St. Padre Pio

Oct 15, 2021 / 05:30 am

Children from 44 countries have already registered to take part in the rosary campaign.

This is the miracle that paved the way for John Paul I’s beatification

Oct 13, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Pope Francis has officially recognized the miracle, which took place in his homeland.

Pope Francis: The Gospel opens every culture to greater freedom in Christ

Oct 13, 2021 / 05:45 am

He was speaking at his weekly general audience.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ doctors recall his last days in hospital

Oct 12, 2021 / 18:00 pm

Fifteen-year-old Carlo Acutis died within a week of being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia, offering his suffering for the pope and for the Church. Following his beatification on Oct. 10, 2020, his doctors and hospital chaplain recalled their memories of his final days.

Bishop: Ask Bl. Carlo Acutis on his feast day for a greater love for the Eucharist

Oct 12, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The blessed’s tomb has drawn more than 117,000 visitors.

Pope Francis encourages Catholics in Russia to witness to the Gospel

Oct 11, 2021 / 11:23 am

As the Soviet Union was disintegrating 30 years ago, St. John Paul II appointed apostolic administrators for the pastoral care of Latin Rite Catholics based in Moscow and Siberia.

Pope Francis: All religious traditions must resist ‘temptation to fundamentalism’

Oct 7, 2021 / 12:00 pm

He was speaking at an interreligious gathering in front of the Colosseum.

Pope Francis to declare St. Irenaeus a Doctor of the Church with title ‘Doctor of Unity’

Oct 7, 2021 / 06:50 am

St. Irenaeus is revered by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.

A 1,200-year-old Vatican Library manuscript is on display at Dubai Expo

Oct 7, 2021 / 04:00 am

The Dubai Expo is the first world’s fair to be held in the Middle East

‘This is a moment of shame’: Pope Francis expresses sorrow at French abuse report

Oct 6, 2021 / 07:15 am

The report estimated that 216,000 children were abused by priests and religious over 70 years.

Pope Francis: True freedom flows from the Cross of Christ

Oct 6, 2021 / 05:10 am

The pope was speaking at his weekly general audience.

Pope Francis discusses education with faith leaders on World Teachers’ Day

Oct 5, 2021 / 12:00 pm

Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Sikh, and Jain representatives gathered at the Vatican.

3 Swiss Guards resign over Vatican vaccine mandate

Oct 5, 2021 / 08:00 am

All 135 guards were required to get a COVID-19 vaccine.