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

Congressman: Security, solidarity, and subsidiarity needed to rebuild Iraqi villages

Aug 22, 2018 / 02:00 am

Christian and Yazidi communities in northern Iraq need security as they rebuild, said Congressman Jeff Fortenberry after a trip to the region to assess economic aid delivery.

US bishops invite Vatican investigation into McCarrick scandal

Aug 16, 2018 / 09:26 am

 The U.S. bishops’ conference called for a Vatican-led investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and cover-ups surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, as well for new abuse reporting processes, and greater involvement of laity in addressing abuse concerns.

Archbishop makes plea to remember Ukraine’s ‘silent and forgotten war’

Aug 9, 2018 / 16:00 pm

Four years of fighting in eastern Ukraine have led to “the biggest humanitarian crisis on the European continent since the end of the Second World War,” according to the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

Knights of Columbus pledge support for persecuted Christians

Aug 7, 2018 / 15:00 pm

Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson pledged the fraternal organization’s continued efforts to aid and rebuild persecuted Christian communities in the Middle East, during his Aug. 7 address at the 2018 Knights of Columbus convention in Baltimore, Maryland.

Volunteers journey to US-Mexico border to aid separated families

Aug 6, 2018 / 15:05 pm

Every single mother or father arriving at Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas was able to tell Pio del Castillo exactly how long they had been separated from their child at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Coptic Orthodox bishop found dead in suspected murder

Aug 2, 2018 / 17:01 pm

A Coptic Orthodox bishop was was found dead as a result of a suspected murder in St. Macarius Monastery in Egypt on Sunday.

Pence announces Genocide Recovery Program for Iraqi minorities

Jul 26, 2018 / 15:30 pm

Vice President Mike Pence announced the establishment of the Genocide Recovery and Persecution Response Program on Thursday “to rapidly deliver aid to persecuted communities, beginning with Iraq.”

What makes the Holy See's diplomacy unique

Jul 25, 2018 / 23:19 pm

At a religious freedom event in Washington, D.C., this week, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States explained how the Holy See takes a unique approach to diplomacy and the promotion of religious liberty.

Sec. Pompeo speaks ahead of first ever Ministerial on religious freedom

Jul 20, 2018 / 14:30 pm

The U.S. State Department is set to host the largest and highest-level global meeting on religious liberty next week. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told EWTN he is prepared to talk with countries with whom the U.S. government has “deep disagreements.”

Does faith get a yellow card at the FIFA World Cup?

Jul 6, 2018 / 11:00 am

As a passionate soccer fan, Jennifer Bryson has been faithfully watching every game she can during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But as a religious freedom expert, she’s found herself wondering how, and why, soccer authorities regulate the many religious expressions on display in the international soccer tournament.

Pope Francis denounces silence in the face of injustice toward migrants

Jul 6, 2018 / 04:54 am

Pope Francis called on Catholics to speak out in the face of injustice towards migrants at a Mass commemorating the fifth anniversary of his trip to Lampedusa at St. Peter’s Basilica July 6.

‘Holy mayor’ Giorgio La Pira takes next step to sainthood

Jul 5, 2018 / 10:50 am

Most mayors do not live in unheated monastic cells, deliver candy from Orthodox patriarchs to the pope, or become ambassadors for international peace. Giorgio La Pira was not like most mayors.

The Catholic Church's long history of resettling refugees in the US

Jun 21, 2018 / 15:26 pm

The Catholic Church has resettled nearly one-third of all refugees received by the United States since 1980 through a public-private partnership with a high rate of successful integration of refugees into society, according to a report released in June 2018.

US aid to Iraqi Christians, Yazidis on fast track via Catholic Relief Services

Jun 19, 2018 / 15:52 pm

The United States Agency for International Development has announced it is investing $10 million into coalitions led by Catholic Relief Services and Heartland Alliance to help rebuild Christian and other minority communities in Iraq who suffered genocide under the Islamic State.

Novena for North Korea sheds light on issues beyond denuclearization

Jun 16, 2018 / 14:58 pm

Following two historic summits involving North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, South Korea’s bishops are calling on Catholics to pray a novena for nine specific intentions for the Korean peninsula June 17 - 25.

Jeff Sessions says the Bible justifies family separation. Does it?

Jun 15, 2018 / 16:01 pm

The Trump administration has pointed to the Bible in justifying its “zero-tolerance immigration policy,” which includes the separation of immigrant children from their parents.

Korean bishops call for prayer amid ‘joy’ after Trump-Kim North Korea summit

Jun 12, 2018 / 14:58 pm

At a highly-anticipated summit on June 12, President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un signed a joint-statement making commitments “to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”

Third priest shot and killed in Philippines in six months

Jun 11, 2018 / 14:22 pm

A Catholic priest in the Philippines was shot and killed in a chapel as he prepared to celebrate Sunday Mass on June 10, local police said.

Priests and scientists talk neuroscience, cosmology, and philosophy - with pie

Jun 10, 2018 / 04:00 am

A Thomistic philosopher, an evolutionary biologist, and a Harvard astronomy professor walk into a bar. Well, not a bar.

UN Human Rights Office condemns US border separation of families

Jun 7, 2018 / 14:42 pm

Maria had been a victim of sex trafficking and abuse by a local gang when she fled Guatemala. Taking her 3-year-old son, Jose, she made the trek to the U.S. border, seeking asylum in the United States.