Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Michael is Associate Editor of The Catholic Register.

He is an award-winning writer and photographer and holds a Master of Arts degree from New York University.

Follow him on Twitter @MmmSwan, or click here to email him.

From coverage that’s been splashed across both Catholic and secular media, you might suppose the Synod on the Amazon was all about long-standing bones of contention between liberal and conservative Catholics – married priests, authoritative roles for women, liturgies that don’t look like a pontifical high Mass. But it wasn’t really about any of that. It was actually about the Amazon.

A fresh outbreak of violence across Iraq is preventing the Chaldean Archbishop of Iraq from visiting Canada. 

Churches and volunteer associations who sponsor refugees are calling on the federal government to shoulder a fairer share of the burden.

For Gail and Bruce Young a rewarding life isn’t something they can keep to themselves.

Any decision on married priests should begin with a global synod of bishops, rather than a regional assembly like the synod on the Amazon, said the past president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Presentation Manor dream caught Sr. Joan Missiaen of Our Lady’s Missionaries a bit by surprise.

A select circle of Fr. John Walsh’s oldest friends used to call him Jeeves. He had played the role of the uber-competent, deadpan butler in a student play in his seminary days.

For Christians in Syria and Iraq, Turkey’s invasion into Syria could be the tipping point to drive them out and hasten the end of Middle-East Christianity, fears Chaldean Catholic Bishop of Canada Bawai Soro.

While Canada’s bishops have strongly backed Pope Francis on nuclear disarmament, Americans are unlikely to hear from their bishops anytime soon on what the U.S. should do with its 1,600 deployed nuclear warheads, the executive director of Pax Christi USA told The Catholic Register.

If you ever wondered why we can’t all just be friends, why political divisions tear at the fabric of nations and even religions, a sociologist at Brescia College has some new insights. Maybe we’re just born that way.