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 praying and working from hospital

Jun 12, 2023 / 10:15 am

The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis is working from the hospital as he recovers from hernia surgery.

Pope Francis sends condolences after death of Silvio Berlusconi

Jun 12, 2023 / 09:45 am

The Italian billionaire media baron died on June 12 at the age of 86. He was Italy’s longest-serving head of government.

PHOTOS: Eucharistic procession in the Vatican Gardens on Corpus Christi

Jun 12, 2023 / 05:00 am

Corpus Christi is a 700-year-old feast in the Catholic Church that commemorates the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.

Pope Francis sends message from hospital to European political party

Jun 11, 2023 / 05:10 am

In a letter to the European People’s Party, the pope urged politicians to be united on “issues where primary ethical values ... are at stake.”

Pope Francis is recovering in same hospital room where John Paul II was treated

Jun 8, 2023 / 08:20 am

Pope Francis is recovering from abdominal surgery this week in the same hospital room where St. John Paul II was treated throughout his pontificate.

Pope Francis in ‘good general condition’ one day after abdominal surgery

Jun 8, 2023 / 05:25 am

In a surgery lasting three hours on June 7, a team of surgeons operated on a hernia in the pope’s abdominal wall at the site of a previous surgical incision.

Vatican: Pope Francis out of surgery, recovering in hospital

Jun 7, 2023 / 10:50 am

The Vatican said Wednesday evening that Pope Francis is out of surgery and the abdominal operation he underwent “took place without complications.”

Pope Francis hospitalized for abdominal surgery

Jun 7, 2023 / 03:01 am

The operation was planned by the pope’s medical team in recent days after it became necessary due to a hernia that was causing worsening symptoms.

Pope Francis names two new auxiliary bishops for San Diego who immigrated to US as teens

Jun 6, 2023 / 10:34 am

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed two new auxiliary bishops for San Diego who both immigrated to the U.S. as teenagers.

Pope Francis to sign human fraternity document with Nobel laureates in St. Peter’s Square

Jun 5, 2023 / 12:20 pm

Several former heads of state and internationally known performers will join 29 Nobel laureates on June 10 for an event with Pope Francis.

Cardinal Zuppi arrives in Ukraine to begin work as Vatican peace envoy

Jun 5, 2023 / 07:55 am

Cardinal Matteo Zuppi arrived in Kyiv on Monday to carry out the peace mission entrusted to him by Pope Francis.

Pope Francis prays for victims of train crash in India that killed 275 people

Jun 4, 2023 / 06:45 am

“May our heavenly Father welcome the souls of the deceased into his kingdom,” the pope prayed.

Pope Francis explains why Catholics make the sign of the cross

Jun 4, 2023 / 06:05 am

Speaking on the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the pope highlighted how the simple gesture is a sign of the central mystery of Christian faith.

Pope Francis to travel to Mongolia on Aug. 31

Jun 3, 2023 / 05:30 am

The trip will make Pope Francis the first pope to visit the Asian country that shares a 2,880-mile border with China, its most significant economic partner.

Cardinal Sarah to theology students: ‘The more we know the Lord the more we can love him’

Jun 1, 2023 / 10:15 am

At a Mass at the Angelicum in Rome, the Cardinal Robert Sarah spoke about the danger of division in the Church and the importance of prayer.

Pope Francis praises Matteo Ricci for proclaiming the Gospel in China

May 31, 2023 / 05:30 am

The pope dedicated his entire catechesis to sharing the life of Venerable Matteo Ricci, a 16th-century Jesuit missionary in China.

From Hinduism to Catholicism: How Blessed Carlo Acutis inspired a man to convert

May 30, 2023 / 12:05 pm

The son of a Brahman Hindu priest became a Catholic through young Carlo Acutis’ joyful witness to the Eucharist and his love for the poor.

Pope Francis meets with young cancer patients: ‘Jesus is always close to you’

May 30, 2023 / 11:30 am

Pope Francis welcomed pediatric cancer patients from Poland to the Vatican on Monday.

Pope Francis elevates Las Vegas to a metropolitan archdiocese

May 30, 2023 / 06:10 am

The Vatican announced on May 30 that Bishop George Leo Thomas will be the first metropolitan archbishop of Las Vegas.

PHOTOS: Discover 8 beautiful images of the Virgin Mary in St. Peter’s Basilica

May 29, 2023 / 10:30 am

From Michelangelo’s Pieta to a 12th-century painting, St. Peter’s Basilica contains priceless sacred art depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary.