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

Cordileone prayer update: 10,688 roses and counting for Nancy Pelosi

Oct 12, 2021 / 11:50 am

More than 10,000 people have committed to pray the rosary and to fast on Fridays for the ideological conversion of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on the subject of abortion, the Benedict XVI Institute announced Oct. 12.

Millennial and Gen Z Catholics love Carlo Acutis. Here's why

Oct 12, 2021 / 11:15 am

Blessed Carlo Acutis was beatified on Oct. 10, 2020, and became the first member of the millennial generation to become officially known as a “blessed.”

US bishops welcome increased refugee admissions cap

Oct 11, 2021 / 13:23 pm

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Monday their positive reaction to the news that the refugee cap will increase to 125,000 for the coming fiscal year.

Parishioners ‘in deep grief’ over removal of Dominicans from historic New Haven church

Oct 8, 2021 / 15:40 pm

The forced departure of the Dominican Order from historic St. Mary’s Church in New Haven, Connecticut after 135 years has deeply upset and puzzled many parishioners, who question why the move is necessary as part of a restructuring of the Archdiocese of Hartford.

US bishops to elect several new committee heads at November meeting

Oct 7, 2021 / 16:04 pm

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced the slate of candidates for five committee chair positions to be filled this fall, as well as candidates for the position of treasurer-elect. 

Missouri bishops condemn execution of Ernest Johnson

Oct 7, 2021 / 11:10 am

The four bishops of Missouri released a joint statement on Wednesday evening condemning the state’s execution of Ernest Lee Johnson, on whose behalf the Holy See had pleaded for clemency.

Assisted suicide undermines medicine, targets the vulnerable, panel warns

Oct 6, 2021 / 18:03 pm

Assisted suicide undermines the practice of medicine and endangers persons with disabilities, a panel of experts argued in an online event held on Tuesday, Oct. 5. 

Federal government issues guidance on COVID-19 vaccine religious exemptions

Oct 6, 2021 / 10:40 am

New guidance on issuing COVID-19 vaccine religious exemptions for federal employees insufficiently treats the matter of conscience, one Catholic bioethicist told CNA. 

Progressive pro-life group holds first rally outside US Supreme Court

Oct 1, 2021 / 17:41 pm

A new pro-life organization aimed at mobilizing progressives and those on the political left launched Friday at a rally outside the US Supreme Court.

Massachusetts advocates: Assisted suicide disproportionately threatens the poor, disabled, minorities

Sep 30, 2021 / 17:07 pm

Legalized assisted suicide in Massachusetts would disproportionately impact the poor, disabled, and communities of color, said a group of physicians and disability activists during a press conference on Thursday, September 30. 

Transgender students 'unknowingly' admitted to Catholic seminaries, archbishop warns

Sep 29, 2021 / 09:03 am

Bishops should consider requiring DNA tests or physical examinations to ensure that all seminarians are biological men, said Archbishop Jerome Listecki in a recent memo sent to the members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Appeals court may wait to rule on Georgia abortion law until Dobbs is decided

Sep 28, 2021 / 14:00 pm

A federal appeals court is holding off on deciding whether to continue to block a Georgia pro-life law until the Supreme Court makes a decision in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.

Church in Canada pledges funds for healing, reconciliation after residential schools

Sep 27, 2021 / 18:00 pm

The Canadian bishops are aiming to raise $30 million (USD 23.8m) over the next five years to support the Indigenous peoples of the country, including survivors of residential schools. 

Cardinal Burke provides update on his recovery from COVID-19

Sep 26, 2021 / 20:40 pm

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke updated his followers on his recovery from COVID-19 and thanked them for their prayers in a letter published late Sunday evening, saying it will be “several more weeks” until he will be ready to return to his normal activities. 

March for the Martyrs highlights 'global crisis of Christian persecution'

Sep 26, 2021 / 13:29 pm

The second annual March for the Martyrs took place Saturday in Washington, D.C., featuring testimony from advocates for persecuted Christians and from survivors of persecution. 

Father Kapaun's remains returned to Kansas

Sep 25, 2021 / 16:40 pm

The remains of Servant of God Fr. Emil Kapaun returned to his hometown of Pilsen, Kansas on Saturday, ahead of his formal funeral Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 29. 

Canada's bishops apologize for abuses at residential schools

Sep 24, 2021 / 16:05 pm

The Catholic bishops of Canada issued a formal apology to the Indigenous population of the country for the abuses of the residential school system, and said they would request that Pope Francis make a pastoral visit to the nation.

How Texas Catholics pushed to expand support for mothers

Sep 23, 2021 / 13:15 pm

In addition to two major pro-life bills, the Texas Catholic Conference has successfully pushed for better support for mothers and families. This reaffirms that pro-lifers care about women and families, and not only unborn children, says the conference’s executive director. 

Former USCCB president Bishop Pilla dies at 88

Sep 22, 2021 / 14:01 pm

Bishop Anthony Pilla, who led the Diocese of Cleveland for 25 years and served as president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, died Tuesday, Sept. 21. He was 88. 

Catholic University president says he will step down next year

Sep 22, 2021 / 09:05 am

John Garvey, president of The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., will be stepping down from his role as of June 30, 2022, the school announced today.