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

A papal visit to the South Pole? Pope Francis looks to new peripheries

Oct 17, 2023 / 13:40 pm

In a new interview, the pope said someone had recommended he make a visit to Antarctica the next time he’s in Argentina.

Chinese bishops leaving Synod on Synodality early

Oct 16, 2023 / 09:10 am

The two prelates are returning to China because of “pastoral needs,” a Vatican spokesman said Monday.

Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem offers to be exchanged for hostages held by Hamas

Oct 16, 2023 / 06:47 am

Israel Defense Forces announced Monday that 199 Israeli hostages, including children, are being held by Hamas.

Synod on Synodality delegates make a pilgrimage to Rome’s catacombs

Oct 13, 2023 / 15:57 pm

Hundreds of delegates took a break from their discussions of synodality to visit the catacombs of St. Sebastian and St. Callistus on Oct. 12. 

Synod on Synodality: Italian nun claims St. Paul attended ‘non-ritual female liturgy’

Oct 13, 2023 / 08:57 am

Mother Maria Grazia Angelini claimed that St. Paul “inserted himself into a ‘non-ritual’ female liturgy” when he arrived in the city of Philippi in Macedonia. 

Catholic patriarch calls day of prayer and fasting for peace in the Holy Land

Oct 12, 2023 / 06:45 am

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa has urged Catholics to organize times of prayer with Eucharistic adoration and recitation of the rosary.

Pope Francis calls for immediate release of Israeli hostages held by Hamas

Oct 11, 2023 / 06:13 am

Some 130 Israeli hostages were taken by the militant Islamist group Hamas during its attack on Israel last weekend.

Synod on Synodality: Who is overseeing the draft report at the end of the assembly?

Oct 10, 2023 / 15:30 pm

Synod on Synodality delegates elected this week the members of a commission who will supervise the drafting of a “synthesis report.”

PHOTOS: Synod on Synodality delegates attend Divine Liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica

Oct 9, 2023 / 14:30 pm

Patriarchs representing many Eastern Catholic Churches chanted prayers and processed up to the basilica’s Altar of the Chair.

Parolin: Hamas attack jeopardizes peace accord with Saudi Arabia

Oct 9, 2023 / 08:45 am

Before the attacks, the U.S. government had been involved in negotiations with Israel and Saudi Arabia working toward establishing formal diplomatic relations.

Secrecy at the Synod on Synodality: What we know about delegates’ confidentiality requirements  

Oct 6, 2023 / 13:24 pm

The Synod on Synodality’s official regulations no longer allow Synod delegates to share their personal interventions with the public. 

Taiwan’s ambassador to the Vatican: Better to prevent a war than stop one afterward

Oct 5, 2023 / 13:20 pm

Speaking at a reception on Oct. 5, Ambassador Matthew Lee underlined that “Taiwan will do whatever we can to remain on the road of peace.”

St. Peter’s Basilica to offer nightly Eucharistic adoration during Synod on Synodality

Oct 4, 2023 / 13:15 pm

The basilica will also host weekly candlelight rosary processions at 9 p.m. each Saturday in the month of October.

Pope Francis: Synod on Synodality’s primary task ‘to refocus our gaze on God’

Oct 4, 2023 / 04:15 am

Pope Francis underlined that “the primary task of the synod” is to “refocus our gaze on God, to be a Church that looks mercifully at humanity.”

Synod on Synodality retreat looks to ‘transcend all our disagreements’

Oct 2, 2023 / 15:55 pm

Hundreds of synod delegates are meeting in a retreat center in Sacrofano, 20 miles north of Rome, for the three-day retreat ahead of the synod opening Oct. 4.

Catholic Church’s new cardinals explain why they chose their spiritual mottos

Sep 28, 2023 / 15:42 pm

Episcopal mottos are selected when a Catholic priest is consecrated as a bishop and are traditionally found at the base of his coat of arms.

New Hong Kong cardinal: Sharing ‘love of God,’ not conversions, goal of Church in China

Sep 28, 2023 / 12:11 pm

The bishop of Hong Kong, who will be made a cardinal in the consistory this weekend, spoke to CNA about his vision for evangelization in mainland China.

Pope Francis names Steubenville bishop as auxiliary bishop of Detroit

Sep 28, 2023 / 08:40 am

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, 60, is originally from Detroit and will assist 74-year-old Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron in the administration of the archdiocese.

Pro-democracy Catholic Jimmy Lai marks 1,000th day in jail awaiting trial

Sep 26, 2023 / 06:30 am

As the publisher and activist awaits a December trial, human rights groups have published an open letter calling on the U.K. prime minister to take action.

Pope Francis: It’s never ‘too late’ to receive God’s love

Sep 24, 2023 / 07:30 am

The pope spoke one day after he gave a strong condemnation of euthanasia on his return flight from Marseille, France.