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 in Malta: God’s endless mercy means no one is ‘irredeemable’

Apr 3, 2022 / 03:20 am

The pope urged Malta’s Catholics to be ‘tireless witnesses’ of God’s mercy.

Pope Francis prays at St. Paul’s Grotto in Malta

Apr 3, 2022 / 02:05 am

Tradition holds that St. Paul stayed at the site for three months in 60 AD.

Pope Francis in Malta: Christ himself appears to you in the faces of migrants

Apr 2, 2022 / 11:19 am

Pope Francis told Catholics in Malta on Saturday that when they offer charity to the migrants and refugees who arrive on their shores, they are serving Christ himself.

Pope Francis: Visit to Kyiv is 'on the table'

Apr 2, 2022 / 06:52 am

Pope Francis on Saturday said a papal visit to Kyiv is "on the table," raising the possibility of a dramatic escalation of the Holy See's diplomatic and spiritual effort to bring about an end to the fighting that has raged in Ukraine since Russia invaded the country on Feb. 24.

Pope Francis arrives in Malta calling for peace and the protection of life

Apr 2, 2022 / 06:18 am

Pope Francis urged authorities in Malta to protect life and appealed to the international community to work for peace in the midst of war, which he said has “swept down powerfully upon the lives of many people and affected us all.”

Pope Francis greets Ukraine war refugees before first papal flight of 2022

Apr 2, 2022 / 00:57 am

The group of 15 refugees consisted of mothers and children.

Pope Francis advocates for inclusion of people with disabilities in society

Apr 1, 2022 / 05:00 am

The pope underlined that the Church in particular is called to help those with disabilities to “make their voices heard.”

Pope Francis: Armida Barelli is a model for politically engaged Catholic women

Mar 31, 2022 / 11:30 am

The pope recalled that in 1924 his grandmother met Barelli, who will be beatified in April.

Facing declining Mass attendance, Malta’s Catholics hope papal visit will revitalize the faith

Mar 30, 2022 / 12:15 pm

More than 85% of Malta’s population are baptized Catholics.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Brooklyn auxiliary bishop at age 75

Mar 30, 2022 / 08:05 am

Bishop Paul Sanchez had served as an auxiliary since 2012.

Pope Francis appoints new bishop of Lourdes

Mar 30, 2022 / 06:30 am

The pope chose the 58-year-old priest Msgr. Jean-Marc Micas.

Pope Francis mourns Egyptian cardinal whose life was marked by ‘faith and priestly zeal’

Mar 29, 2022 / 09:20 am

Cardinal Antonios Naguib died in Cairo at the age of 87.

Vatican explains ‘Tierra del Cielo’ (‘Earth of Heaven’) in consecration prayer

Mar 25, 2022 / 09:10 am

Some Catholics raised concerns about the inclusion of the phrase in Italian and Spanish translations.

5 things to know about Pope Francis’ consecration prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 25, 2022 / 08:00 am

The prayer will be recited by Catholics worldwide on March 25.

Catholics urged to give with ‘new vigor’ to Good Friday Holy Land collection

Mar 24, 2022 / 11:30 am

Cardinal Sandri said ‘families have suffered beyond measure’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Redemption and suffering’: The turbulent history of Moscow’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral

Mar 24, 2022 / 09:15 am

The cathedral’s first rector was sentenced to death.

Pope Francis sends message to Hong Kong’s Catholics

Mar 23, 2022 / 09:30 am

‘Thank you for your witness of faith,’ the pope said.

Pope Francis asks all Catholics to take part in consecration of Russia, Ukraine to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mar 23, 2022 / 04:18 am

‘I ask you to join in this act by inviting the priests, religious and faithful to assemble in their churches and places of prayer,’ the pope wrote to bishops.

Catholic parishes in Ukraine have become ‘humanitarian hubs,’ major archbishop says

Mar 22, 2022 / 10:00 am

‘May the war stop! May the Lord God bless our land,’ said Major Archbishop Shevchuk.

Cardinal Parolin urges negotiation to find a ‘win-win solution’ to war in Ukraine

Mar 22, 2022 / 08:00 am

‘The message of the Holy See, of the Holy Father, is to stop the war,’ the Vatican Secretary of State said.