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

Ambassador Brownback: World faces a 'critical moment' for religious minorities

Mar 26, 2018 / 15:11 pm

“It is more dangerous now than any time in history to be a person of faith,” said Ambassador Sam Brownback at an event marking the second anniversary of U.S. recognition that the Islamic State committed genocide against religious minorities, including Christians, in Syria and Iraq.

What the 'Great Firewall' might signal for Vatican-China deal

Mar 23, 2018 / 20:47 pm

As the Chinese government tightens control over Christian groups in the country, experts caution that Beijing is positioned to further restrict religious freedom, using the model of government-run social media.

Saint Paul film highlights Christian hope in the face of persecution

Mar 23, 2018 / 12:48 pm

Actors and filmmakers at the red carpet premiere of “Paul Apostle of Christ” said the film’s portrayal of Christian persecution in ancient Rome is a timely reminder that people around the world continue to suffer for their faith.

Philly archdiocese responds after city halts foster care placements

Mar 16, 2018 / 15:00 pm

After the City of Philadelphia announced it has stopped using Catholic Social Services’ foster care program because it does not place children with same-sex couples, the archdiocese has said it hopes to resume a partnership with the city.

Haspel CIA nomination raises questions about ‘enhanced interrogation’ and torture

Mar 15, 2018 / 18:00 pm

Gina Haspel, President Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the CIA, oversaw a secret prison in Thailand where US intelligence targets were reportedly subject to waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation” techniques.

US bishops voice support for First Amendment Defense Act

Mar 14, 2018 / 14:55 pm

The U.S. bishops have voiced their strong support for a bill protecting individuals and institutions from discrimination by the federal government based on their beliefs about marriage, regardless of what those beliefs are.

George Weigel: Virtue, cultural renewal necessary for democracy

Mar 13, 2018 / 15:07 pm

As populists across the U.S. and Europe express discontent with the current state of democracy, George Weigel has pointed to the importance of family and civil society in encouraging and cultivating the virtuous citizenry necessary for democratic renewal.

In China, government-appointed bishops support Xi, Vatican-China deal

Mar 13, 2018 / 02:02 am

Government-backed bishops have spoken out publicly in support of the Vatican-China deal in a Chinese media interview at the Chinese Communist Party’s annual meetings this week.

Vatican's Korea diplomat to help bridge the gap between North and South

Mar 9, 2018 / 16:14 pm

The Vatican’s recent diplomatic appointment to South Korea gained added significance as President Donald Trump announced that he will meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un for nuclear negotiations within the next two months.

Father Neuhaus remembered as civil rights, pro-life advocate

Mar 9, 2018 / 11:45 am

In a room full of Lutheran and Catholic intellectuals on Wednesday, one women stood up and shared a story about a civil rights advocate whom she met in New York City in the late 1960s. At a time when many in her civil rights community were beginning to get caught up in abortion advocacy, this man took the time to sit down with her to help her to understand the theological basis for defending the human dignity of both minorities and the unborn.

With lifelong rule by Xi Jinping, how will Christians fare in China?

Mar 6, 2018 / 17:08 pm

This month’s meeting of China’s National People’s Congress, convened March 5, will likely confirm a constitutional change eliminating term limits and allowing President Xi Jinping to stay in power beyond 2023.

Catholic lawyer voices concern at Supreme Court's immigrant bond ruling

Mar 2, 2018 / 19:20 pm

After the Supreme Court rejected the idea that detained immigrants are entitled to periodic bond hearings, a Catholic immigration lawyer warned that detention centers take a toll on those who spend long periods of time there.

How the rosary helped Jim Caviezel play St. Luke

Feb 28, 2018 / 16:00 pm

“Passion of the Christ” star Jim Caviezel told CNA that he relied on scripture, daily Mass and the rosary to portray holiness on the big screen in “Paul, the Apostle of Christ.”

Nigerian Christian community mourns Boko Haram kidnapping

Feb 28, 2018 / 00:40 am

With 110 girls still missing after terrorist group Boko Haram attacked a technical college in Nigeria last week, a priest in the region says “deep sorrow has descended on the once sleepy…town.”

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.