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

Sex trafficking, elderly suicide, and the legacy of China's one child policy

Feb 25, 2018 / 16:07 pm

Although China expanded its former one child policy to a limit of two children per family in 2015, decades of government-enforced population control have left China with significant gender and age imbalances that have far reaching societal consequences, including a rise in sex trafficking and elderly suicide, according to a Chinese pro-life advocate.

Archbishop of Erbil: Christians in Iraq are ‘scourged, wounded, but still there’

Feb 19, 2018 / 04:30 am

The Chaldean Archbishop spoke of the state of Christianity in Iraq today and what both Muslim and Western leaders can do to help protect religious minorities and rebuild their communities.

From North Korea to Catholicism: Mi Jin’s answered prayer

Feb 16, 2018 / 09:38 am

During her childhood in North Korea, Mi Jin Kang never believed in the existence of God, until one person began to spark her curiosity.

Catholic aid organizations respond to Oxfam prostitution scandal in Haiti

Feb 15, 2018 / 05:00 am

Amid allegations that Oxfam UK aid workers hired prostitutes in Haiti and Chad while administering humanitarian aid, Catholic aid organizations are responding with prayers, strong condemnation, and renewed commitments to protect the vulnerable.

Coptic Orthodox to dedicate church to New Martyrs of Libya

Feb 13, 2018 / 16:01 pm

The Coptic Orthodox Church will dedicate on Thursday a new church to the 21 Martyrs of Libya, who were beheaded by the Islamic State, three years after their deaths.

Catholic skater Yuna Kim lights the Olympic torch

Feb 9, 2018 / 14:35 pm

Catholic Olympic gold-medalist Yuna Kim lit the torch at the Opening Ceremony for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 9.

How the Lord’s Prayer led this North Korean defector to freedom

Feb 9, 2018 / 10:05 am

“Before his escape, when Seong-Ho was being tortured by North Korean officials, there was one thing that kept him from losing hope: over and over again he recited the Lord’s Prayer,” President Donald Trump said in his speech at the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast.

Trump at prayer breakfast: 'Faith is central to American life and to liberty.'

Feb 8, 2018 / 10:58 am

President Donald Trump lauded the importance of faith in American life as a foundation for freedom in his speech at the 66th annual National Prayer Breakfast this morning.

Ambassador Brownback: 'Religious freedom is the most important foreign relations topic today'

Feb 6, 2018 / 15:46 pm

In his first public appearance as US Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback spoke to Muslim, Jewish, and Christians leaders gathered to discuss their shared commitment to promoting peace and protecting religious minorities in the Muslim world.

An Astros rosary for Pope Francis

Feb 1, 2018 / 15:00 pm

A Catholic parish in Houston is encouraging sports fans to pray with handmade rosaries in the colors of their favorite professional teams. They’re encouraging the Pope to pray with one too.  

Catholic groups welcome lifting of refugee ban from 'high-risk' countries

Jan 30, 2018 / 14:09 pm

Catholic organizations applauded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Jan. 29 announcement that it is lifting the ban on refugees from 11 high-risk countries, with the condition of additional security screening for new arrivals.

Senate vote to prevent filibuster on 20-week abortion ban fails

Jan 29, 2018 / 16:30 pm

A procedural vote on a Senate bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks failed on the evening of Jan. 29, after more than three hours of debate. The cloture motion, which would have prevented a filibuster on the bill, required 60 votes to pass, and failed by a vote of 51-46.

Catholic aid organizations ask US to restore funds for Palestinian refugees

Jan 26, 2018 / 16:20 pm

Catholic aid leaders and others have requested that the White House reconsider its decision to withhold $65 million designated for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Catholic bishops join with rabbis, imams in Canadian religious liberty fight

Jan 26, 2018 / 03:01 am

Interreligious leaders from across Canada came together Thursday to sign a statement urging the national government to respect their freedom of conscience by changing controversial new requirements to qualify for federal funding of youth summer jobs.

Pence in Israel: US is committed to persecuted Christians, peace process

Jan 23, 2018 / 16:02 pm

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence reaffirmed America’s commitment to both peace and persecuted Christians during his four-day trip to Israel and the Middle East, which concluded on Tuesday.

Roe anniversary observed as National Sanctity of Human Life Day

Jan 22, 2018 / 15:16 pm

US President Donald Trump has proclaimed that Jan. 22, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion nationwide, is being observed as National Sanctity of Human Life Day.

'My mother was told to abort me', priest says to March for Life youth

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:56 am

Father Martino Choi told some 18,000 teens and adults about his mother's decision in favor of life at a Youth Rally and Mass for Life held in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning.

New HHS department created to protect religious freedom

Jan 18, 2018 / 16:21 pm

A new division at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will work to ensure the protection of religious freedom and conscience rights for Americans, government officials announced Thursday.?

Why do some young people leave the Church? A new study investigates

Jan 17, 2018 / 15:29 pm

A national two-year study released this week offers a look at why young people are leaving the Church as early as age 13.

Pope Francis to Chile's bishops: 'the mission belongs to the entire Church'

Jan 16, 2018 / 14:52 pm

Pope Francis reminded the Chilean bishops of the importance of living out their priestly fatherhood united in mission with their people in his final address on Tuesday, the first full day of his apostolic trip to Chile and Peru.