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

UN calls for release of Iranian pastor, reform of penal code

Oct 23, 2011 / 16:33 pm

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Iran has spoken out against the death sentence given to Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and numerous other alleged human rights violations carried out by regime.

On Bl. John Paul's first feast, sister begins spreading his charism

Oct 22, 2011 / 04:42 am

On Oct. 22, the first “John Paul II sister” will launch a year-long series of talks on the life, charism and spirituality of Blessed Pope John Paul II.

Under scrutiny, Herman Cain clarifies pro-life position

Oct 21, 2011 / 13:01 pm

In recent interviews with the media, Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has defined where he stands on abortion, including in cases of rape and medical emergencies.

Citing ‘global crisis,’ advocates urge Congress to fund religious freedom agency

Oct 19, 2011 / 15:15 pm

Catholics and other advocates are urging Congress and the White House not to let partisan politics to put an end to the vital work of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Pope appoints Archbishop Viganò as new US nuncio

Oct 19, 2011 / 10:57 am

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 70, was appointed today by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as his official representative to the United States.

Immaculate Heart sisters featured in basketball movie

Oct 19, 2011 / 03:58 am

The Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary are featured in the upcoming movie “The Mighty Macs,” an inspirational true story about a small, women’s college basketball team that defies all odds and achieves victory.

US bishops urge Obama to defend religious minorities in Egypt

Oct 18, 2011 / 17:02 pm

Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan of New York, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, is pressing the Obama administration to protect the rights of religious minorities in Egypt and around the world.

Quotes without God on MLK memorial spark controversy

Oct 18, 2011 / 13:08 pm

A new memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. is drawing the attention of those who say that it disregards the civil rights leader’s deep faith in God. But his niece hopes that those who see the monument will be drawn to study his life and thus learn about his faith.

House passes bill to prevent taxpayer-funded abortion in health care law

Oct 17, 2011 / 18:30 pm

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation on Oct. 13 that would prevent federal taxpayer funding of abortion under President Obama’s health care law. The approved measure would also strengthen conscience protection for health care employees.

Catholic organizations protest contraception mandate with ad in DC papers

Oct 14, 2011 / 10:32 am

The leaders of 20 national Catholic organizations are objecting to the Department of Health and Human Services’ recent “preventive services” mandate with an ad placed in two D.C.-area newspapers. They insist that the requirements would harm both Catholic institutions and society as a whole.

Administration drops Catholic humanitarian work that provoked ACLU

Oct 13, 2011 / 18:06 pm

The Obama administration has cut funding for the U.S. bishops' campaign against human trafficking, which had been challenged by the ACLU for avoiding contraception and abortion.

Support grows as condemned Iranian pastor awaits sentence

Oct 13, 2011 / 10:10 am

A Washington, D.C.-based human rights organization has clarified that the life of Iranian Christian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani remains in the hands of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.

Maryland Episcopal parish becomes Catholic, hopes for ordinariate

Oct 13, 2011 / 01:02 am

Mark W. Lewis, rector of a small, formerly Episcopal parish in Bladensburg, Maryland, says the Holy Spirit guided the community’s decision “to accept the Holy Father’s offer” to enter the Catholic Church.

House leaders highlight importance of life, marriage at summit

Oct 7, 2011 / 16:56 pm

Prominent members of the U.S. House of Representatives spoke about the importance of defending life, marriage and religious freedom at a summit in the nation’s capital on Oct. 7.

Martin Sheen discusses new film about The Way of St. James

Oct 5, 2011 / 04:05 am

Actor Martin Sheen spoke in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 1 about his latest movie, which was filmed entirely along The Way of St. James, a European pilgrimage route that leads to the city of Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

US Catholic bishops say 2007 voting document was misused

Oct 4, 2011 / 16:26 pm

With the campaign for the 2012 presidential race gaining speed, the U.S. Catholic bishops are saying that their 2007 statement on the political responsibilities of Catholics must not be misused or distorted to justify supporting candidates whose stances on fundamental issues make them unfit for office.

Seattle archbishop emphasizes Christian service at DC Red Mass

Oct 4, 2011 / 15:55 pm

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, Wash. explained at a Mass for public servants that Christ’s love is what “sets the standard for every life of humble service.”

Bishop O’Connell: Catholic schools need strong ‘identity and mission’

Oct 3, 2011 / 18:09 pm

Catholic schools must maintain a strong Catholic identity and mission if they are to help young people understand how to access truth in their lives, said Bishop David M. O’Connell of Trenton, N.J. on Oct. 3.

Bishop Mansour: Maronite chapel is 'special gift' to universal Church

Oct 1, 2011 / 16:04 pm

Bishop Gregory J. Mansour of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, N.Y. recently described a new chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Lebanon as a gift “for the Universal Church.”

New Orleans mourns loss of Archbishop Hannan

Sep 30, 2011 / 01:11 am

Retired Archbishop Philip M. Hannan of New Orleans died in the early morning hours of Sept. 29. The archbishop, age 98, is being remembered for his tireless work for the poor and for being a “wonderful soldier of Christ.”