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

‘We must not hide from suffering,’ Iraqi archbishop says on Red Wednesday

Nov 29, 2018 / 16:00 pm

In Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Catholics and Church leaders from four continents gathered Wednesday to pray solemn vespers for the persecuted Church.

A look at blasphemy laws around the world

Nov 14, 2018 / 03:05 am

While the world awaits the fate of Asia Bibi, who remains in hiding in Pakistan following the acquittal of her death sentence for blasphemy, religious freedom advocates are calling for an end to blasphemy laws across the globe.

Pope Francis marks World War I centenary with message of peace

Nov 11, 2018 / 05:22 am

The bells of St. Peter’s Basilica rang out in unison with thousands of other church bells around the world Sunday afternoon as Pope Francis commemorated the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War I.

Pope and Assyrian Patriarch: Blood of Middle East martyrs is ‘seed of Christian unity’

Nov 9, 2018 / 12:00 pm

Pope Francis and the Assyrian Patriarch Mar Gewargis III have pledged ecumenical unity in support of persecuted Christians in the Middle East in a joint statement released Nov. 9.

Pope Francis advocates for global access to clean drinking water

Nov 8, 2018 / 13:01 pm

Pope Francis spoke of the importance of increasing access to clean drinking water around the world Thursday, calling current statistics “a huge shame for the humanity.”

Catholic mother Asia Bibi moved from prison to Islamabad amid death threats

Nov 8, 2018 / 06:01 am

Pakistani Catholic Asia Bibi was released from prison and moved to Islamabad late Wednesday as her family seeks asylum due to the riots and death threats following her acquittal of blasphemy charges.

Pope says entrepreneurship needed in face of 'scandalous poverty'

Nov 7, 2018 / 04:47 am

“If there is hunger on earth, it is not because food is missing!” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Square Nov. 7. “What is lacking is a free and far-sighted entrepreneurship, which ensures adequate production, and a solidarity approach, which ensures fair distribution,” he continued.  

Seventy-nine students kidnapped in Cameroon

Nov 6, 2018 / 11:49 am

Armed separatists kidnapped 79 students from a Christian boarding school in Cameroon Monday.

Pope Francis: 'A Christian cannot be an anti-Semite'

Nov 5, 2018 / 06:48 am

Pope Francis strongly condemned anti-Semitism, recalling the living memory of the Holocaust in Europe, during a meeting with rabbis at the Vatican Monday.

Pope Francis mourns victims of attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt

Nov 4, 2018 / 05:13 am

“I pray for the victims, pilgrims killed just because they are Christians, and I ask Holy Mary to console their families and the whole community,” Pope Francis said Nov. 4.

Pope Francis offers Mass for souls of 163 deceased cardinals, bishops

Nov 3, 2018 / 06:00 am

Nine cardinals and 154 bishops have died since November 2017, including Cardinal Bernard Law, the former archbishop of Boston, and Cardinal Karl Lehmann, who led the German bishops’ conference for 20 years.

For All Souls' Day, Pope Francis prays in cemetery for unborn children

Nov 2, 2018 / 10:05 am

In commemoration of All Souls' Day, Pope Francis prayed Friday in a cemetery for unborn children called the “Garden of Angels” on the outskirts of Rome.

Flooding damages St Mark's Basilica in Venice

Oct 31, 2018 / 12:29 pm

Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice flooded with nearly three feet of water this week, damaging part of the 1,000 year old marble mosaic floor inside.

Pope Francis calls faithful married love 'revolutionary'

Oct 31, 2018 / 03:48 am

Faithful married love, in which a husband loves his wife like Christ loves the Church, is “revolutionary,” Pope Francis said Wednesday.

Pope Francis ends synod, calls final document 'work of the Holy Spirit'

Oct 28, 2018 / 10:00 am

The 167 paragraph text on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment was voted on paragraph by paragraph Saturday, following nearly a month of discussion on the topic.

Pope Francis prays for victims of synagogue shooting

Oct 28, 2018 / 06:53 am

“May the The Most High welcome the dead in his peace, comfort their families and support the wounded,” Pope Francis said Oct. 28.

Synod letter to young people: Our sins must not be an obstacle for your trust

Oct 28, 2018 / 05:36 am

In a letter read out at the synod closing Mass, bishops wrote to young people “our frailties and sins must not be an obstacle for your trust.”

Youth synod final document addresses 'all types of abuse'

Oct 27, 2018 / 15:37 pm

The prevention of sex abuse and abuse in all its forms is a topic of the 2018 Synod of Bishops’ final document, which says the right formation of educators and youth is a key first step.  

Be proactive on sex abuse in Asia, Malaysian bishop tells synod

Oct 26, 2018 / 10:00 am

Catholic leaders in Asia need to be proactive in implementing preventative sex abuse policies, a bishop from Malaysia told the 2018 Synod of Bishops.

Synod bishops and youth delegates pray together along medieval pilgrimage route

Oct 25, 2018 / 12:00 pm

As the 2018 Synod of Bishops draws to a close, young people and bishops walked together along a medieval pilgrimage route to the tomb of St. Peter.