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

Orthodox archbishop makes historic address to USCCB assembly

Nov 17, 2021 / 07:40 am

His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, spoke of a “dialogue of love” between the two faiths and the potential for increased unity in a historic address to the Fall General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Interim USCCB Secretary General elected to full 5-year term

Nov 16, 2021 / 15:53 pm

The bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected Father Michael J.K. Fuller as their new general secretary on Tuesday, Nov. 16.. 

USCCB chairmen elections: Who came out on top?

Nov 16, 2021 / 15:28 pm

Members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops elected six new chairmen-elect on Nov. 16 at their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore. The chairmen-elect will serve in the role for one year before assuming the position of “chairman” at the 2022 Fall General Assembly. 

New Orleans archdiocese to pay $1m settlement for 'fraudulent' Hurricane Katrina claims

Nov 15, 2021 / 15:24 pm

The Archdiocese of New Orleans will pay more than $1 million in a settlement related to allegations of fraud in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Department of Justice announced Nov. 15.

Ready for the big bishops meeting? Here are 8 things you need to know

Nov 13, 2021 / 00:00 am

The U.S. Catholics bishops will gather in-person for the first time in two years Nov. 15-18 for their fall assembly in Baltimore.

Sydney archbishop urges public opposition to New South Wales euthanasia bill

Nov 11, 2021 / 18:00 pm

The Archbishop of Sydney has urged the faithful to speak out against euthanasia as New South Wales considers legalizing the practice. 

Pope Francis' upcoming meeting with Indigenous delegation a step toward healing, Canadian bishops say

Nov 10, 2021 / 11:37 am

A delegation to include 25 to 30 representatives from Canada's Indigenous populations and a small number of bishops is scheduled to meet with Pope Francis and other officials at the Vatican Dec. 17-20.

US Supreme Court hears case of inmate requesting pastor at execution

Nov 9, 2021 / 16:14 pm

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of a man seeking to pray with his pastor as he is executed, and according to one legal expert the case may not be as cut and dry as it could seem. 

US Supreme Court to hear case of death row inmate requesting pastor's touch at execution

Nov 8, 2021 / 16:02 pm

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Ramirez v. Collier on Tuesday, Nov. 9, almost two months after the court delayed a scheduled execution over a question about the role of spiritual advisors in the death chamber. 

San Diego diocesan schools to accept personal belief exemption from student Covid vaccine mandate

Nov 8, 2021 / 14:47 pm

Catholic schools in the Diocese of San Diego will accept “any” personal belief exemption for the coronavirus vaccine once California’s mandate for schoolchildren goes into effect. 

Guernsey scraps proposal for discrimination law that could have led to Catholic schools' closure

Nov 5, 2021 / 16:00 pm

Catholic schools in Guernsey will be permitted to appoint only Catholics as head teachers following a vote on Nov. 3 rejecting a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

Catholic school in Brooklyn diocese dismisses teacher who contracted same-sex marriage

Nov 5, 2021 / 14:00 pm

A music teacher at a Catholic school in the Diocese of Brooklyn was fired for violating a morality clause he agreed to at the time of his employment, said a statement from the diocese. 

FSSP priest faces new federal child pornography charges

Nov 4, 2021 / 20:09 pm

Federal authorities have filed additional child pornography charges against Father James W. Jackson, who was arrested Oct. 30 after Rhode Island investigators found “hundreds” of explicit sexual images on an external hard drive in his rectory office, according to court documents.

Pro-life Youngkin wins Virginia governor's race

Nov 3, 2021 / 10:02 am

Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe (D) conceded the gubernatorial race to Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday, nearly 12 hours after the race was first projected to go to Youngkin.

Republican Glenn Youngkin projected to have won Virginia governor race

Nov 2, 2021 / 20:33 pm

Republican Glenn Youngkin has been elected governor of Virginia, Decision Desk HQ first projected about 90 minutes after polls closed in the commonwealth. 

What’s in (and isn’t in) the bishops’ draft document on the Eucharist?

Nov 2, 2021 / 17:25 pm

A draft text of the U.S. bishops’ forthcoming document on Eucharistic coherence does not make explicit mention of denying the sacrament from certain high-profile Catholics and instead focuses on the importance of teaching the Real Presence of the Eucharist and the Eucharist as a tool for evangelization.

Man threatening priest, parishioners in Providence arrested

Nov 1, 2021 / 21:34 pm

A 28-year-old man was arrested on Monday evening after bringing a gun to the former parish of a recently-arrested priest in Providence and threatening the priest and parishioners. 

Pro-life supporters rally for Texas law outside Supreme Court

Nov 1, 2021 / 19:45 pm

Supporters of the Texas Heartbeat Act rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court Monday while justices deliberated challenges to the state’s new law, which bans most abortions after approximately six weeks of gestation.

FSSP pastor arrested on child pornography charges in Providence

Oct 31, 2021 / 14:08 pm

Father James Jackson, 66, the pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island, is accused of possession of child pornography, transfer of child pornography and child erotica prohibited, according to the state police.

The hallowed tradition of cemetery Masses

Oct 31, 2021 / 08:00 am

There are many different cultural traditions around Allhallowtide, but one of the most consistently honored is the practice of visiting cemeteries.