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

How should Catholics respond to migration caravans?

May 2, 2018 / 18:00 pm

A moral theologian has said that the US has an obligation to consider petitions from asylum seekers encamped along the US border with Mexico, while working to resolve the crises that triggered their claims.

State Department removes 'reproductive rights' section from human rights report

Apr 30, 2018 / 14:32 pm

The U.S. State Department has removed the term “reproductive rights” from its annual human rights report, drawing praise from pro-life leaders who say that the phrase had become a thinly veiled reference to abortion.  

US bishops endorse bill to provide legislative fix for DACA recipients

Apr 25, 2018 / 17:02 pm

A federal judge ruled on Tuesday evening that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program must be re-opened to new applicants, and the following day the USCCB announced support for the “Uniting and Securing America (USA) Act of 2018,” which would codify DACA into law.

After Alfie Evans breathes on his own, judge again strikes down transfer to Rome

Apr 24, 2018 / 13:59 pm

Ailing toddler Alfie Evans will not be permitted to fly to Rome for additional treatment, a judge ruled on Tuesday during an emergency hearing.

Could a California bill ban Christian teaching on homosexuality?

Apr 22, 2018 / 15:59 pm

A proposed law in California could have a chilling effect on free speech, warn critics who fear that it could ban efforts to explain and promote Christian teaching on sexual morality.

Former Catholic Charities employee sentenced for embezzlement

Apr 17, 2018 / 14:23 pm

A former immigration services director of Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City has been sentenced to 10 years probation after she embezzled thousands of dollars that were intended to be used for immigration fees.

How a Catholic congressman agreed to be part of a pope documentary

Apr 17, 2018 / 01:57 am

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) is not shy about his Catholic faith. He holds a master's degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and has spoken openly about his beliefs.

Salvadoran bishops visit US to ask that migrant protections be restored

Apr 13, 2018 / 15:14 pm

A group of prominent Church officials from El Salvador visited the United States this week to urge a reconsideration of recent changes to immigration policy.

As US mulls Syria airstrikes, Francis calls for peace

Apr 12, 2018 / 11:43 am

As President Trump considers airstrikes in Syria in response to a chemical attack that killed dozens of people, including women and children, Pope Francis has called for peace in the region.

Paul Ryan announces retirement from Congress

Apr 11, 2018 / 08:48 am

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) will not run for reelection this November, he announced on Wednesday. Ryan’s departure confirms rumors that began swirling in mid-December 2017. He will retire in January, at the conclusion of his term.

What a CUA symposium said about ‘Humanae Vitae’

Apr 10, 2018 / 04:00 am

The Catholic University of America played host last week to a symposium celebrating the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae vitae, reflecting on the prophetic nature of the document, and on the lessons it still offers.

Wuerl: On ‘Humanae Vitae’ anniversary, we renew fidelity to the pope

Apr 6, 2018 / 16:14 pm

“The Church, from the very beginning, has always recognized the special and unique role of Peter,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl at the closing Mass of a Catholic University of America symposium on the 50th anniversary of papal encyclical Humanae Vitae.

Worcester bishop rebukes 'blasphemous' writings of Holy Cross professor

Apr 4, 2018 / 16:14 pm

The Bishop of Worcester has issued a sharp rebuke to the College of the Holy Cross after it came to light that its Chair of New Testament Studies, Tat-siong Benny Liew, had written a book a decade ago suggesting that Christ was a “drag king” who had “queer desires.”

Supreme Court declines to hear pro-life group's undercover video appeal

Apr 4, 2018 / 11:14 am

The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear an appeal from a pro-life group seeking to release undercover footage detailing alleged misconduct in the abortion industry.

Injunction allows abortion for undocumented teens

Apr 3, 2018 / 12:37 pm

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan issued an injunction on Friday that blocked a Trump administration policy which prevented undocumented teenagers being held in federal custody from undergoing abortions.

Hundreds of Catholic employers win injunction against contraception mandate

Apr 2, 2018 / 15:29 pm

A federal judge ruled in favor of the Catholic Benefits Association last week, issuing a permanent injunction and declaratory relief against the Department of Health and Human Services’ contraception mandate.This means that organizations belonging to the CBA do not have to provide coverage of drugs, the use of which they believe to be immoral, as dictated by the mandate.

Washington archdiocese's bus ad case heard by appeals court

Mar 27, 2018 / 15:35 pm

The Archdiocese of Washington was in court on Monday, arguing that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s ban on any religious-themed advertisements is unconstitutional.

French policeman who swapped with hostage praised for his sacrifice

Mar 26, 2018 / 14:07 pm

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has penned a column for Holy Week highlighting the sacrifice of French Catholic policeman Arnaud Beltrame, comparing his death to save a stranger to the sacrifice Christ made on Good Friday.

Kentucky Senate votes to restrict common abortion procedure

Mar 24, 2018 / 05:01 am

The Kentucky State Senate passed a bill Thursday that would ban dilation and evacuation abortions after the 11th week of pregnancy, with the exception of a medical emergency.

US House passes spending bill which continues funding Planned Parenthood

Mar 22, 2018 / 15:45 pm

The stopgap omnibus funding bill passed the House of Representatives on Thursday, despite heavy criticism from the US bishops and conservative members over the continued federal funding of Planned Parenthood, among other things.