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 decries excessive ‘exaltation of youth’ as he begins new catechesis series on old age

Feb 23, 2022 / 06:47 am

He said that idealized youth was ‘the dominant image of 20th-century totalitarianism.’

Ukraine crisis: Pope Francis calls for global day of fasting for peace on Ash Wednesday

Feb 23, 2022 / 03:07 am

The pope called for people to pray and fast for peace in Ukraine on March 2, Ash Wednesday.

Spanish cardinal: Clerical abuse audit is a ‘step forward’ in transparency

Feb 22, 2022 / 12:00 pm

The investigation is expected to take a year to complete.

Pope Francis appoints Father Jacques Fabre as new bishop of Charleston

Feb 22, 2022 / 05:05 am

The 66-year-old bishop-elect was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Spain’s Catholic bishops ask law firm to open independent audit on clerical sex abuse

Feb 21, 2022 / 09:03 am

The audit is expected to lead to a comprehensive report.

FSSP says Pope Francis has issued decree confirming its use of 1962 liturgical books

Feb 21, 2022 / 04:49 am

The decree reportedly followed two FSSP members’ private audience with the pope.

Cardinal Tagle: Evangelization isn't complicated, it's 'a conversation about Jesus'

Feb 19, 2022 / 12:15 pm

Cardinal Tagle gave the closing remarks at a three-day Vatican conference on the theology of the priesthood.

Pope Francis prays for cyclone victims in Madagascar

Feb 19, 2022 / 09:30 am

The pope sent a telegram to Madagascar’s President Andry Rajoelina on Feb. 19 as the island in the Indian Ocean braces for another potential storm heading its way.

Pope Francis meets Christian movement of blind and visually impaired people

Feb 19, 2022 / 07:30 am

The French association, Voir Ensemble (Seeing Together), was founded in 1927 by Father Yves Mollat, a blind Jesuit priest.

Pope Francis says Eastern Catholic Churches have shown heroic faith amid miseries of war

Feb 18, 2022 / 12:00 pm

The pope lamented that John Paul II’s appeal to avoid conflict in Iraq went unheeded

Pope Francis advances sainthood cause of Argentine cardinal who organized 1st World Youth Days

Feb 18, 2022 / 06:30 am

Cardinal Pironio was a member of the Roman Curia for two decades.

Pope Francis: 'The world needs beauty more than ever'

Feb 17, 2022 / 09:00 am

The pope met with a French Catholic group dedicated to supporting artists and celebrating sacred art, architecture, poetry, and music.

Major archbishop urges Ukrainians to be united in face of ‘great threat’

Feb 15, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Feb. 16 will be observed as a “day of unity” in Ukraine.

Pope Francis seeks ‘healthy decentralization’ with new changes to canon law

Feb 15, 2022 / 07:20 am

Pope Francis signed the motu proprio on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.

In 1st interview, Hong Kong’s new Catholic bishop says it’s unacceptable to trample on human dignity

Feb 9, 2022 / 12:00 pm

He said: ‘I find it unacceptable for human dignity to be ignored, trampled upon, or eliminated entirely.’

Pope Francis: Human trafficking has created ‘an open wound on the body of Christ’

Feb 8, 2022 / 09:05 am

His remark came on the International Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking.

Vatican acknowledges challenges in global synodal process

Feb 7, 2022 / 13:00 pm

The Vatican spoke of ‘fears and reticence,’ as well as ‘a certain mistrust.’

Pope Francis makes first TV talk show appearance

Feb 7, 2022 / 05:30 am

He asked viewers who do not pray to send him ‘good thoughts, good vibes.’

Vatican opens its first embassy in Abu Dhabi

Feb 4, 2022 / 12:00 pm

Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra inaugurated the new diplomatic post.

Pope Francis appoints new Catholic archbishop of Glasgow

Feb 4, 2022 / 05:20 am

Bishop William Nolan succeeds Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, who died suddenly in 2021.