Christine Rousselle

Christine Rousselle

Christine Rousselle is a DC Correspondent for Catholic News Agency. Prior to working at CNA, she was the managing web editor of; she has a BA in political science from Providence College.

Articles by Christine Rousselle

Canada's bishops apologize for abuses at residential schools

Sep 24, 2021 / 16:05 pm

The Catholic bishops of Canada issued a formal apology to the Indigenous population of the country for the abuses of the residential school system, and said they would request that Pope Francis make a pastoral visit to the nation.

How Texas Catholics pushed to expand support for mothers

Sep 23, 2021 / 13:15 pm

In addition to two major pro-life bills, the Texas Catholic Conference has successfully pushed for better support for mothers and families. This reaffirms that pro-lifers care about women and families, and not only unborn children, says the conference’s executive director. 

Former USCCB president Bishop Pilla dies at 88

Sep 22, 2021 / 14:01 pm

Bishop Anthony Pilla, who led the Diocese of Cleveland for 25 years and served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, died Tuesday, Sept. 21. He was 88. 

Catholic University president says he will step down next year

Sep 22, 2021 / 09:05 am

John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., will be stepping down from his role as of June 30, 2022, the school announced today. 

Virginia March for Life highlights importance of gubernatorial election

Sep 17, 2021 / 16:00 pm

Pro-life Virginians took to the streets of Richmond on Friday as part of the third annual Virginia March for Life.

Theodore McCarrick faces new sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey

Sep 16, 2021 / 13:30 pm

Three sex abuse lawsuits, including one naming disgraced former archbishop Theodore McCarrick as the alleged abuser, were filed on Thursday, Sept. 16 in a New Jersey court. All three lawsuits also named the Diocese of Metuchen as a defendant.

Federal judicial nominee grilled over 1990s religious freedom case

Sep 16, 2021 / 10:15 am

Multiple senators accused a judicial nominee of being hostile to religious freedom during her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

The Papal Foundation provides $800K in scholarships for studies in Rome

Sep 16, 2021 / 09:34 am

The Papal Foundation awarded nearly $800,000 in scholarships to 96 priests, brothers, sisters, and lay faithful as part of the Saint John Paul II Scholarship Program.

Live Action says Google’s removal of pro-life ads ‘unprecedented’

Sep 15, 2021 / 14:50 pm

According to the pro-life group Live Action, the search engine Google canceled its advertisements for abortion pill reversal services. The act is further evidence of Google’s pro-abortion biases, a leading pro-life activist tells CNA. 

British doctors’ union drops opposition to assisted suicide

Sep 14, 2021 / 17:02 pm

The British Medical Association, the trade union for doctors in the United Kingdom, is no longer officially opposed to the legalization of assisted suicide.

Unity can only come from God, bishop tells prayer breakfast

Sep 14, 2021 / 11:01 am

True unity comes from God and is not something created by man, the bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter stressed at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. 

Archbishops criticize ‘outrageous’ claims against St Junipero Serra

Sep 13, 2021 / 12:04 pm

A California bill to replace a statue of St. Junipero Serra at the state capitol unfairly slanders the saint’s legacy, two archbishops claimed in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Sunday, Sept. 12. 

‘March for the Martyrs’ to raise awareness of Christian persecution

Sep 10, 2021 / 10:01 am

The second annual March for the Martyrs, an event to draw attention to global Christian persecution, will be held on Sept. 25 in Washington, D.C. 

Supreme Court halts execution of inmate requesting vocal prayer at his death

Sep 9, 2021 / 06:15 am

The Supreme Court late Wednesday evening halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate who had requested his pastor be allowed to lay hands on him in the execution chamber. The inmate, John Henry Ramirez, was scheduled to be executed Wednesday night. 

In last-minute plea to Supreme Court, lawyers beg for prayer in execution chamber

Sep 8, 2021 / 14:04 pm

Religious freedom advocates are requesting that a Texas death row inmate have access to vocal prayer and the touch of his pastor.

Cardinal Lacroix: The Eucharist is the sacrament of peace

Sep 7, 2021 / 16:07 pm

The COVID-19 pandemic has helped drive home the importance of the Eucharist, Gerald Cardinal Lacroix of Quebec said in a catechesis delivered Tuesday at the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest.

State's bishops 'celebrate every life saved' by Texas abortion law

Sep 7, 2021 / 11:11 am

Bishops around the country reacted with praise to a Texas law banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, and noted that women experiencing a crisis pregnancy have resources available, instead of abortion.

‘We took the direct hit’: Louisiana diocese in ‘some crisis’ a week after Ida

Sep 3, 2021 / 16:15 pm

Nearly a week after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana, the Diocese of Houma-Thibodeaux is still without electricity. Many parts of the diocese do not have running water, and hospitals that were not damaged in the storm are currently overcrowded. 

Contradicting past statements, Biden says he doesn’t believe life begins at conception

Sep 3, 2021 / 12:01 pm

President Joe Biden (D) said on Friday, Sept. 3, that he does not believe life begins at conception - contradicting his previous statements on when life begins.

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick makes first court appearance, pleads not guilty

Sep 3, 2021 / 07:48 am

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick pleaded ‘not guilty’ on Friday to several charges of sexual assault, while appearing for the first time in a Massachusetts court.