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

Three children rescued amid baby-selling investigation involving MC sister

Jul 13, 2018 / 09:27 am

Three children who were allegedly sold by an employee of the Missionaries of Charity have been rescued, and a politician has accused a political party of unfairly targeting the religious order.

House committee moves to protect religious adoption agencies

Jul 12, 2018 / 15:45 pm

The House Appropriations Committee moved to protect the conscience rights and religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies on Wednesday.

Do views on abortion align with party platforms? Not always, polls say

Jul 11, 2018 / 23:00 pm

Abortion in the United States is usually thought of as a deeply partisan issue. The majority of Republicans in Congress support restrictions on abortion, and the Democratic Party has included support and public funding for abortion in its most recent official party platform. Outside the beltway, however, viewpoints about abortion don’t divide neatly among party lines.

Pro-life groups react to Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination

Jul 10, 2018 / 15:36 pm

Many pro-life and Catholic groups reacted with optimism about President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Brett Kavanaugh nominated to US Supreme Court

Jul 9, 2018 / 18:25 pm

President Donald Trump announced Monday night he is nominating Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy created when Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement June 27.

Filipino bishops call for prayer, fasting after Duterte's blasphemies

Jul 9, 2018 / 16:17 pm

The Filipino bishops conference has called for three days of prayer and fasting, about a month after President Rodrigo Duterte called God “stupid,” among other things. After the initial series of comments, the country’s bishops’ conference met with Duterte to attempt to ease tensions.

Meet the likely nominees for the next Supreme Court justice

Jul 6, 2018 / 15:53 pm

On July 9, President Donald Trump will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Trump reportedly spent the last weekend interviewing candidates for the position, and insiders say that he has narrowed it to three people: Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh, and Raymond Kethledge.

Missionaries of Charity sister arrested in baby-selling investigation

Jul 5, 2018 / 11:45 am

Two women affiliated with the Missionaries of Charity, one a religious sister and the other an employee, have been arrested in India, under suspicion of selling a baby from a shelter for unwed mothers.

Archbishop Gomez: Hearing immigrants' stories should make us grateful

Jul 2, 2018 / 15:13 pm

During a visit to the United States’ southern border, Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles called for Catholics to lobby Congress to fix the United States’ “dysfunctional” immigration system.  

UK court upholds London abortion clinic buffer zone

Jul 2, 2018 / 11:39 am

The High Court of England and Wales ruled Monday that a buffer zone around an abortion facility in the London borough of Ealing is legal, in a move that will likely encourage similar buffer zones in the United Kingdom.

Human trafficking remains a problem in US, advocate says

Jul 1, 2018 / 05:01 am

As the Department of State released its 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report this week, an apostolate which helps trafficking victims said that the practice remains a problem around the world, including in the US.

Kennedy's retirement from the Supreme Court prompts pro-life hopes

Jun 27, 2018 / 13:45 pm

The retirement announcement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has led pro-life advocates to voice hope that his successor could help overturn Roe v. Wade in coming years.

US bishops disappointed by Supreme Court decision upholding travel ban

Jun 27, 2018 / 10:51 am

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed disappointment with a Supreme Court ruling upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban, which prohibits nationals from several countries from entering the U.S.

After calling God 'stupid,' Duterte seeks collaboration with bishops

Jun 27, 2018 / 02:16 am

After calling God “stupid,” Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he will seek to have a dialogue with the country’s bishops’ conference in an effort to repair relationships.

Supreme Court’s NIFLA ruling draws praise from pro-life groups

Jun 26, 2018 / 11:23 am

Pro-life groups applauded the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on Tuesday in favor of the free speech rights of crisis pregnancy centers in California. 

Filipino bishops hesitant about priests seeking gun permits

Jun 23, 2018 / 05:04 am

After three priests were murdered during the last six months, Philippine officials say they have received gun carry permit applications from nearly 250 religious workers, including 188 Catholic priests – but some of the country’s bishops have raised concerns about a priest carrying a weapon.

Farm bill with SNAP restrictions passes narrowly in House

Jun 21, 2018 / 15:59 pm

On Thursday evening, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the 2018 farm bill, H.R. 2, which included controversial changes to food assistance programs that Catholic leaders had warned against.

LA archbishop welcomes Trump immigration order

Jun 20, 2018 / 14:35 pm

The Archbishop of Los Angeles said he “welcomes” an executive order signed Wednesday by President Trump, and called on Congress to act on immigration reform.

Courage apostolate's 2018 conference to recall founder's mission

Jun 20, 2018 / 10:08 am

Courage International, an apostolate of the Catholic Church which serves people with same-sex attraction who seek to live a chaste life, will host its 30th annual conference this July, focusing on the faith of its founder, Fr. John Harvey, OSFS.

Texas pro-life laws face sweeping legal challenge

Jun 20, 2018 / 00:04 am

Dozens of pro-life laws in Texas are being challenged in a lawsuit claiming that they pose an undue burden on women, but a national pro-life group says abortion regulations are important for women’s health and safety.