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 congratulates Italy’s president on re-election

Jan 30, 2022 / 07:00 am

Sergio Mattarella, 80, was elected for a second seven-year term as Italy's president on Saturday.

Pope Francis appoints new Catholic bishop of Fatima

Jan 28, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho succeeds 74-year-old Cardinal António Marto.

Pope Francis: Being ‘properly informed’ on COVID-19 vaccines is a ‘human right’

Jan 28, 2022 / 07:00 am

‘Fake news has to be refuted, but individual persons must always be respected,’ he told a Catholic fact-checking group.

Munich abuse report: Vatican editorial director says don’t look for ‘scapegoats’

Jan 26, 2022 / 08:15 am

Andrea Tornielli highlighted Benedict XVI’s efforts to ‘combat pedophilia’ in the Church.

Pope Francis on day of prayer for Ukraine: ‘Please, no more war’

Jan 26, 2022 / 04:28 am

‘I invite you to pray for peace in Ukraine and to do so often throughout this day.’

Pope Francis honors newly beatified El Salvador martyrs for their ‘heroic example’

Jan 25, 2022 / 13:00 pm

Father Cosme Spessotto, Father Rutilio Grande, and two lay companions were declared blessed.

NY auxiliary appointed by Pope Francis will be one of world’s youngest bishops

Jan 25, 2022 / 05:49 am

Bishop-elect Joseph A. Espaillat launched a podcast series called “Sainthood in the City” in 2021.

How St. Irenaeus helped save the early Church from schism

Jan 24, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Pope Francis has proclaimed the saint a Doctor of the Church.

Europe’s Catholic bishops ask for prayers for peace in Ukraine

Jan 21, 2022 / 12:00 pm

The bishop said the country was facing a ‘dramatic moment of tension.’

Pope Francis declares St. Irenaeus ‘Doctor of Unity’

Jan 21, 2022 / 04:50 am

The saint is revered by both Catholics and Orthodox Christians.

Pope Francis: The Church is firmly committed to justice for abuse victims

Jan 21, 2022 / 04:00 am

His comments came a day after the publication of the Munich abuse report.

It’s official: St. Irenaeus to be declared a Doctor of the Church

Jan 20, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Pope Francis is expected to proclaim Irenaeus a ‘Doctor of Unity.’

Roman Curia’s annual Lenten retreat changed again due to COVID-19

Jan 20, 2022 / 08:00 am

Curial officials will make their own arrangements for a private Lenten retreat.

Pro-life group criticizes Macron’s call to add abortion to rights charter

Jan 20, 2022 / 07:05 am

The French president made the appeal in a speech to the European Parliament.

City names 2022 the Year of Edith Stein to mark 100 years since her baptism

Jan 19, 2022 / 12:00 pm

She was baptized on Jan. 1, 1922.

Pope Francis offers prayers for the people of Tonga after volcanic eruption and tsunami

Jan 19, 2022 / 08:05 am

He said: ‘I invite everyone to join me in praying for these brothers and sisters.’

Pope Francis: ‘God is not afraid of our sins’

Jan 19, 2022 / 05:10 am

The pope made the comment at his general audience.

Pope Francis to confer new lay ministries for first time in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jan 18, 2022 / 08:20 am

The candidates come from three continents.

Cardinal Parolin and Archbishop Peña Parra test positive for COVID-19

Jan 18, 2022 / 07:05 am

Parolin has ‘very mild’ symptoms, while Peña Parra is asymptomatic.

Vatican asks bishops to invite local Protestant and Orthodox leaders to participate in synodal path

Jan 18, 2022 / 04:05 am

The letter was sent by Cardinal Kurt Koch and Cardinal Mario Grech.