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

Notable moments from the Supreme Court arguments over Mississippi abortion law

Dec 1, 2021 / 16:12 pm

Oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization have concluded. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban. Here are some of the more notable happenings in and around the court on Wednesday. 

Highlights from the Supreme Court's oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health

Dec 1, 2021 / 07:15 am

Activists from both sides of the abortion issue gathered on Wednesday morning outside of the Supreme Court.

Phil Saviano, survivor of clerical abuse featured in 'Spotlight,' dies at 69

Nov 29, 2021 / 14:48 pm

Phil Saviano, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse whose story was featured in the 2015 film “Spotlight” died on Sunday, Nov. 28, at the age of 69. 

Wife of Catholic radio host among those killed in Christmas Parade attack

Nov 25, 2021 / 00:00 am

Tributes have continued to pour in in the wake of the SUV attack at a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisc., as the death toll continues to rise, with the wife of a Catholic radio host among the victims.

Congressman Smith: Nigeria's removal from U.S. watch list a 'retreat' from fight against religious persecution

Nov 24, 2021 / 11:45 am

The decision to remove Nigeria from the list of “Countries of Particular Concern” was “totally unjustified,” and a backwards step in the fight against religious persecution, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith said in a speech Nov. 23.

City of Philadelphia to pay $2 million to Catholic foster care agency in settlement

Nov 23, 2021 / 16:08 pm

The city of Philadelphia will pay Catholic Social Services a $2 million settlement and reinstate their foster care contract after the Supreme Court unanimously found in June that the city had discriminated against the group due to their religious beliefs. 

USCCB demonstrators: The scene outside the bishops' meeting in Baltimore

Nov 20, 2021 / 14:42 pm

More than 1,000 demonstrators, representing various causes and grievances, came to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall assembly Nov. 15-18 in Baltimore.

Pray for and promote peace, Milwaukee archbishop says after Kyle Rittenhouse verdict

Nov 19, 2021 / 14:15 pm

Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee is encouraging people to pray for and promote peace following the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday, Nov. 19.

House passes Build Back Better; bishops raise religious liberty, abortion objections

Nov 19, 2021 / 12:08 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed the Build Back Better Act Nov. 19, voting 220-213 to approve nearly $2 trillion in spending for a host of ambitious new domestic programs, including universal pre-kindergarten, increased child care subsidies, and initiatives aimed at shifting the country away from fossil fuels.

Oklahoma governor's clemency of Julius Jones took 'tremendous courage,' Archbishop Coakley says

Nov 18, 2021 / 12:21 pm

Archbishop Paul Coakley of Oklahoma City praised Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) for his “tremendous courage” in granting convicted murderer Julius Jones clemency hours ahead of his scheduled execution on Nov. 18.

Blessed Carlo Acutis named a patron of Eucharistic Revival campaign

Nov 17, 2021 / 15:00 pm

Blessed Carlo Acutis will serve as the patron of the first year of a new three-year Eucharistic Revival project the U.S. bishops approved Nov. 17, a designation that entrusts a critical initiative to the intercession of a popular modern Catholic hero known for spreading devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

U.S. Bishops vote to accept Eucharist document

Nov 17, 2021 / 10:00 am

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted overwhelmingly to accept the statement “The Mystery of the Eucharist in the Life of the Church.” 

Orthodox archbishop makes historic address to USCCB assembly

Nov 17, 2021 / 07:40 am

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, spoke of a “dialogue of love” between the two faiths and the potential for increased unity in a historic address to the Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Interim USCCB Secretary General elected to full 5-year term

Nov 16, 2021 / 15:53 pm

The bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Father Michael J.K. Fuller as their new general secretary on Tuesday, Nov. 16.. 

USCCB chairmen elections: Who came out on top?

Nov 16, 2021 / 15:28 pm

Members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected six new chairmen-elect on Nov. 16 at their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. The chairmen-elect will serve in the role for one year before assuming the position of “chairman” at the 2022 Fall General Assembly. 

New Orleans archdiocese to pay $1m settlement for 'fraudulent' Hurricane Katrina claims

Nov 15, 2021 / 15:24 pm

The Archdiocese of New Orleans will pay more than $1 million in a settlement related to allegations of fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Department of Justice announced Nov. 15.

Ready for the big bishops meeting? Here are 8 things you need to know

Nov 13, 2021 / 00:00 am

The U.S. Catholics bishops will gather in-person for the first time in two years Nov. 15-18 for their fall assembly in Baltimore.

Sydney archbishop urges public opposition to New South Wales euthanasia bill

Nov 11, 2021 / 18:00 pm

The Archbishop of Sydney has urged the faithful to speak out against euthanasia as New South Wales considers legalizing the practice. 

Pope Francis' upcoming meeting with Indigenous delegation a step toward healing, Canadian bishops say

Nov 10, 2021 / 11:37 am

A delegation to include 25 to 30 representatives from Canada's Indigenous populations and a small number of bishops is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis and other officials at the Vatican Dec. 17-20.

US Supreme Court hears case of inmate requesting pastor at execution

Nov 9, 2021 / 16:14 pm

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of a man seeking to pray with his pastor as he is executed, and according to one legal expert the case may not be as cut and dry as it could seem.