Michelle La Rosa

Michelle La Rosa

Michelle La Rosa is deputy editor-in-chief of Catholic News Agency. She has worked for CNA since 2011. She studied political philosophy and journalism at the University of Dallas.

Articles by Michelle La Rosa

Analysis: The GOP at a crossroads - and what it means for the pro-life movement

Feb 2, 2021 / 03:14 am

As they look to the future, Republicans must now grapple with the identity of the party in a post-Trump era, while also looking to expand party membership. There are at least three competing visions for the future, each proposed by a different Republican figure.

Commentary: Abortion, extremism, and the need for dialogue

Mar 4, 2019 / 12:00 pm

Last week, 44 U.S. Senators voted against legislation that would ban the willful or negligent homicide of babies -born alive after a botched abortion.  

What Catholics can learn from ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’

Jan 20, 2019 / 16:11 pm

"Does it spark joy?" That question has become a rallying cry for fans of Japanese cleaning guru Marie Kondo, whose 2012 book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” has become a New York Times bestseller and sold more than 3 million copies.

Can Americans today afford to have kids?

Dec 9, 2018 / 16:36 pm

When Alicia Hernon realized she was pregnant with her eighth child, her first reaction was to start crying.

Reversing Roe should be the beginning – not the end – for pro-lifers

Jun 29, 2018 / 12:42 pm

The announcement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement has prompted elation from pro-life groups, who are hopeful that the addition of a pro-life justice to the nation’s high court will be enough to overturn the 1973 Roe v Wade decision that mandated legal abortion nationwide.

Why character counts in the voting booth

Nov 21, 2017 / 17:20 pm

Sexual misconduct allegations against Republican candidate Roy Moore have brought Alabama’s special election to fill a U.S. Senate seat into the national spotlight.   U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) has also been recently accused of kissing and groping women against their will. During the 2016 presidential campaign, more than a dozen women raised allegations of sexual assault or harassment against Republican candidate Donald Trump. These accusations have raised public debate about whether a candidate’s personal character should matter in elections, and if so, to what extent.

Australia's former prime minister: Redefining marriage has big consequences

Nov 3, 2017 / 15:09 pm

If the people of Australia vote to redefine marriage in the country, the consequences will be dire, warned former Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Defining our values: What Catholics can take from Bush's speech

Oct 20, 2017 / 15:01 pm

In a rare political speech on Thursday, former president George W. Bush had blunt words for America: Remember your identity or lose your freedom.

Six years ago, this Catholic college was the first to sue over the HHS mandate

Oct 11, 2017 / 14:59 pm

It has been six years since Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic liberal arts school near Charlotte, North Carolina, filed the first lawsuit challenging the federal contraception mandate.

The government's new religious freedom guidance: What does it mean?

Oct 6, 2017 / 14:31 pm

All eyes were on the Department of Health and Human Services on Friday, as the Trump administration announced a major broadening of exemptions to the federal contraception mandate, prompting cheers from religious freedom proponents nationwide.

Most children in orphanages aren't actually orphans. This group wants to help them.

Sep 26, 2017 / 02:20 am

Shannon Senefeld always assumed that children in orphanages are mostly orphans. Most people make that assumption.

Raymond Arroyo's books are having an astounding impact on at-risk kids

Mar 19, 2017 / 15:21 pm

Raymond Arroyo has an impressive resume. He’s a New York Times bestselling author several times over. He’s an award-winning journalist and producer. And his weekly EWTN show, The World Over Live, reaches more than 350 million global households and 500 U.S. radio affiliates.

Christmastime in New Orleans: a holiday celebration unlike any other

Dec 1, 2016 / 17:03 pm

When most people think of New Orleans, they think of Mardi Gras. The raucous parades, elaborate masks, and colorful beads associated with the Carnival season are largely synonymous with the southern Louisiana city.

Here's what Archbishop Kurtz thought about Pope Francis' visit

Sep 30, 2015 / 05:41 am

For Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, hearing the words of Pope Francis is like being taken back in time to when he first experienced his “original call” to serve the Church through the priesthood.

US bishops echo Pope's words on sex abuse, accountability

Sep 29, 2015 / 23:03 pm

Two committee heads of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced support for Pope Francis’ statement rejecting the sexual abuse of minors and promising accountability for those guilty of crimes against children.

After the Pope's visit – an exclusive interview with Archbishop Chaput

Sep 29, 2015 / 15:08 pm

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia hosted Pope Francis in his highly-anticipated first visit to the United States. As the dust settled after the departure of nearly 1 million participants in the final Mass for the World Meeting of Families, CNA had the chance to interview Archbishop Chaput, who offered his take on the historic papal trip, the challenges facing family in the U.S., and the upcoming Synod of Bishops in Rome.

The most important part of the Pope's trip is still to come

Sep 26, 2015 / 14:37 pm

While the Pope’s speeches to Congress and the United Nations have drawn much attention, the upcoming weekend is the main focus of the Holy Father’s trip to the U.S., said the director of the Holy See press office.

Cardinal O'Malley to families: Want to evangelize? You'd better have these two qualities

Sep 25, 2015 / 18:18 pm

As thousands of Catholics descended upon Philadelphia to hear talks about family and faith, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley had a message for them: Don’t be a party pooper.

How the pill might be ruining your life

Aug 14, 2015 / 15:50 pm

Depleted nutrient absorption. Long-term alterations in brain activity and ability to interact with the world. Changes in choice of mate. If a commonly prescribed drug has these side effects, should it really be commonly prescribed?

Writer, sister, friend – Sr. Mary Ann Walsh remembered for 'dedication to the truth'

Apr 30, 2015 / 23:25 pm

Many journalists would say they have a passion for truth, but for Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, that took on added significance as she worked for the Church she loved.