Christine Rousselle

Christine Rousselle

Christine Rousselle is a former 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

Biden reaffirms support for abortion on anniversary of Roe v. Wade

Jan 22, 2022 / 10:40 am

President Joe Biden pledged to defend a so-called right to abortion and reaffirmed his commitment to the widespread availability of the procedure in a Jan. 22 statement marking the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

These are the best signs we saw at the March for Life

Jan 22, 2022 / 07:20 am

It wasn't easy for CNA's reporters to choose the 15 best signs they spotted at the 2022 March for Life. (Note: They have a weakness for Baby Yoda.)

March for Life 2022: 'A great witness to the sanctity of human life'

Jan 21, 2022 / 18:44 pm

Participants returned in large numbers to the annual March for Life Friday, braving frigid weather one year after the event’s pandemic-related virtual shutdown to demonstrate solidarity for the unborn at the start what could be a decisive year for the pro-life movement.

March for Life underway, with hopes rising that Roe's days are numbered

Jan 21, 2022 / 11:36 am

Tens of thousands of pro-life Americans gathered Friday to participate in the 49th annual March for Life, amid rising hopes that the event’s goal of overturning the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide may be within reach.

Vigil Mass for Life: 'Every human being, at every stage of life, should be treated with respect'

Jan 20, 2022 / 19:26 pm

Catholics must work to promote a culture of life and work to support mothers, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore said in his homily at the Opening Mass at the Prayer Vigil for Life on Thursday. 

'Devastated' Traditional Latin Mass devotees petition Arlington bishop to ease restrictions

Jan 18, 2022 / 17:17 pm

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Arlington has prohibited baptisms and weddings in the Extraordinary Form, citing Pope Francis' new directive curbing the Traditional Latin Mass. A petition drive is asking Burbidge to reconsider.

March for Life: What about bathrooms? Food? We’ve got answers here

Jan 16, 2022 / 14:35 pm

The 49th Annual March for Life is going on as planned on Jan. 21 in Washington, D.C. Here's what you need to know before you come.

Cardinal Dolan laments attacks on houses of worship in Religious Freedom Day message

Jan 15, 2022 / 12:47 pm

Attacking houses of worship and religious art is akin to attacking the community who prays there, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York ahead of Religious Freedom Day, observed Jan. 16. 

Pro-life congressional leaders praise pledge to oppose federal abortion funding

Jan 15, 2022 / 06:00 am

One hundred and eighty one members of the House of Representatives co-signed a letter praising the pro-life leadership of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, as well as promising to vote against any appropriations bill that does not include a prohibition of the use of federal funds for abortion. 

US bishops' pro-life novena to begin next week

Jan 14, 2022 / 16:01 pm

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ “9 Days for Life”, as the bishops once again encourage everyone to pray for an end to abortion.

Former priest withdraws pleas over child sex abuse after judge's rejection of sentencing agreement

Jan 12, 2022 / 16:39 pm

Gary Berthiaume, a former priest, withdrew his guilty pleas after being sentenced to spend up to 15 years in prison on charges he sexually abused at least three boys. 

Mother Angelica Museum receives Communion rail from her home parish

Jan 11, 2022 / 17:29 pm

The original communion rail from Mother Angelica’s baptismal parish has been donated to the Mother Angelica Museum in Canton, Ohio. 

March for Life speakers include Father Mike Schmitz, actor Kirk Cameron

Jan 11, 2022 / 11:48 am

The March for Life Education and Defense Fund announced the speaker lineup for the upcoming 49th annual March for Life on Jan. 21.

K-State football player plans to enter seminary

Jan 7, 2022 / 16:15 pm

Landry Weber, a 23-year-old wide receiver for Kansas State University’s football team, will soon be going “pro” in something very different from the gridiron: he’s entering seminary and hopes eventually to be ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.

Ransom was paid for missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

Jan 6, 2022 / 17:08 pm

A ransom was paid for the missionaries held hostage in Haiti, said the husband and father of six of the now-released hostages. 

Maine's Catholic churches will continue attendance at Mass, while ecumenical group urges online services

Jan 6, 2022 / 16:00 pm

The Diocese of Portland will continue to permit attendance at Mass, even as the state’s Council of Churches has urged all services to move online in light of a recent surge in coronavirus cases.

NYT report fuels concerns that many abortions are based on false test results

Jan 4, 2022 / 16:21 pm

Prenatal tests that show an unborn child to have serious developmental problem frequently lead to abortion. Yet an investigation by the New York Times shows that five of the most common tests are wrong 85% of the time.

A look at Catholic newsmakers of 2021

Dec 29, 2021 / 12:00 pm

The past year had no shortage of news in the Catholic realm, both in the Vatican and beyond. Read on for a recap of some of the most important – and interesting – figures who made headlines this year.

Galveston-Houston archdiocese mourns death of retired auxiliary Bishop Sheltz

Dec 22, 2021 / 10:50 am

Bishop George Sheltz, an auxiliary bishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, died Tuesday at age 75. 

Six priests of Beaumont diocese died this year

Dec 21, 2021 / 16:19 pm

Six priests from the Diocese of Beaumont died this year, including three who were in active ministry at the time of their death. The diocese is hoping to increase the number of vocations as well as to bring in priests from other dioceses to help ease the strain on the clergy.