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

FSSP: New liturgy document 'does not directly address' former Ecclesia Dei communities

Dec 18, 2021 / 21:21 pm

One of the largest traditional societies of apostolic life responded to the latest document issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship that further outlines restrictions on the Traditional Latin Mass. 

New Jersey allows non-doctors to perform abortion

Dec 18, 2021 / 17:46 pm

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who describes himself as someone who has spent a “lifetime in the Catholic Church,” earlier this month applauded state policy expanding access to abortion and allowing for non-doctors to perform abortions. 

Cardinal Pell to Becciu: What was that $2M payment actually for?

Dec 17, 2021 / 16:10 pm

Cardinal George Pell says that he does not harbor any ill will toward the man whose sexual assault accusation sent the Autstralian prelate to prison for 13 months, but he still wants to know why the Vatican sent more than $2 million to Australia during his trial. 

Final 12 kidnapped missionaries released by Haitian gang

Dec 16, 2021 / 10:17 am

The freeing of the U.S. missionaries from Christian Aid Ministries by their captors in Haiti came exactly two months to the day after they were kidnapped while working at an orphanage.

Supreme Court considers religious liberty in Maine education case

Dec 8, 2021 / 16:55 pm

Attorneys representing a Maine family at the Supreme Court are feeling confident following Wednesday’s oral arguments in the case Carson v. Makin. 

Notre Dame mandates COVID booster shots for all students

Dec 8, 2021 / 15:01 pm

The University of Notre Dame will require all its students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine booster in order to attend classes on or off campus, the school announced on Monday, Dec. 6. 

Canadian Indigenous leaders' trip to Vatican delayed by Omicron variant concerns

Dec 7, 2021 / 15:32 pm

The scheduled meeting between Pope Francis and a delegation from Canada has been delayed to 2022, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Assembly of First Nations, Métis National Council, and Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami announced in a joint statement on Tuesday, Dec. 7. 

Pro-life legal experts say they're encouraged by justices' questions in Dobbs abortion case

Dec 4, 2021 / 04:00 am

Three legal experts are expressing optimism for a pro-life victory in the U.S. Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that directly challenges Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that legalized abortion nationside.

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.”