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

Meet Sister Jean: 98-year-old nun and March Madness Twitter celebrity

Mar 22, 2018 / 09:55 am

In the first weekend of the March Madness tournament, the most tweeted-about person might not have been a basketball player, but a 98-year-old religious sister.

Pro-life Democrat Lipinski survives primary challenge

Mar 21, 2018 / 12:01 pm

Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), one of the few remaining pro-life Democrats, narrowly won the Democratic primary election Tuesday night for Illinois’ 3rd District. Lipinski’s challenger, NARAL-backed Marie Newman, made her opposition to Lipinski’s pro-life views a central part of her campaign.

Texas bishops call for prayers to heal community after bombings

Mar 21, 2018 / 09:11 am

The bishops of central Texas have encouraged prayers for healing in a community reeling from a string of bombings over the last month.

Pro-life pregnancy centers hopeful after arguing before Supreme Court

Mar 20, 2018 / 13:38 pm

Attorneys for a pro-life pregnancy center resource group are optimistic following Tuesday’s oral arguments in front of the Supreme Court, in the case National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) v. Becerra.

Courage of St. Joseph highlighted at Mass for Congressional staffers

Mar 19, 2018 / 13:13 pm

St. Joseph is a model of courage for those in political life today, Fr. Carter Griffin told attendees of Monday’s second-annual Gold Mass for Congressional Staff.

Pro-life leaders deliver letter to Irish prime minister: Choose Life

Mar 16, 2018 / 01:26 am

A group of 17 American pro-life leaders delivered a letter to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday urging him against repealing the country’s 8th Amendment.

Christian leaders in US oppose plan to tax church-owned property in Jerusalem

Mar 14, 2018 / 16:02 pm

Prominent Christian leaders in America co-signed a letter Tuesday to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat asking them to reconsider a proposed plan to tax church-owned properties in the city.

Botched execution shows death penalty must end, Catholic group says

Mar 13, 2018 / 14:34 pm

As a death row inmate in Alabama sues the state over a botched execution last month, a Catholic advocacy group said the case emphasize inherent flaws in capital punishment itself.

House of Representatives passes bill targeting sex traffickers

Mar 10, 2018 / 04:00 am

The House of Representatives passed a bill this week that aims to combat online trafficking, targeting the sites that host ads relating to sex work. The bill has received a mixed reception, however, with some arguing it may be ineffective at achieving its goal.

With today's deadline struck down by courts, what's next for DACA?

Mar 5, 2018 / 16:04 pm

Although the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections did not expire on March 5, the passage of the original deadline has highlighted the uncertain fate of more than half a million Dreamers.

Washington archdiocese issues Amoris Laetitia marriage plan

Mar 3, 2018 / 15:00 pm

The Archdiocese of Washington has released a pastoral plan aiming to implement Amoris Laetitia within the archdiocese.

Forty arrested at Catholic-led DACA Protest

Feb 27, 2018 / 16:20 pm

A group of about 100 people--including Franciscan friars, religious sisters, and laity--gathered in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Building in Washington on Tuesday, and were led away in flex cuffs in a planned act of civil disobedience.

Bishops praise Christian witness of evangelist Billy Graham

Feb 21, 2018 / 11:01 am

The evangelist Billy Graham died Wednesday at his home in Montreat, N.C., his family has announced. He was 99.

'Senseless violence and horrifying evil'—Archbishop Wenski urges prayers for Parkland

Feb 14, 2018 / 21:20 pm

Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami urged Broward County to unity, mutual support, and strength after a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland killed at least 17 students and teachers and injured dozens more. Parkland is in the Archdiocese of Miami.

Dominicans worldwide pray for their deceased parents

Feb 11, 2018 / 05:00 am

Dominican friars around the world celebrated a unique tradition last week: they offered Masses for their deceased parents and for all deceased parents of friars. Feb. 7 is specifically designated in the Dominican order’s liturgical calendar as a day of prayer for the deceased parents of all Dominicans.

Debate IRL: Douthat/Faggioli debate moves from Twitter to Fordham campus

Feb 3, 2018 / 11:00 am

After public disagreement in dueling op-eds, and frequent disagreements on Twitter, one could be forgiven for expecting the debate between New York Times columnist Ross Douthat and Villanova Professor Massimo Faggioli to be a little fiery.

Cardinal Erdo: Democracy's foundations are 'shaking'

Jan 30, 2018 / 17:07 pm

A Hungarian cardinal has said that free societies must depend on the wisdom of religion to address the moral and social problems of the modern world.  

US bishops critical of Trump's proposed immigration changes

Jan 26, 2018 / 16:36 pm

On Thursday US President Donald Trump announced a proposal to create a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million people brought to the United States as children in exchange for increased funding for border security and for an end to “chain-migration” and diversity visa lottery policies.

Gov. Brownback confirmed as international religious freedom ambassador

Jan 25, 2018 / 16:03 pm

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) was narrowly confirmed as the ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom Thursday. The Senate voted 49-49, along party lines, and the tie was broken by Vice President Mike Pence.

Freedom Stickers aim to combat Super Bowl human trafficking

Jan 25, 2018 / 00:00 am

Super Bowl LII, a matchup between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, will be played Feb. 4 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. As the game approaches, victim advocates warn about a darker side to major sporting events: human trafficking. At least one group is on a mission to help.