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.

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TORONTO - Canada's twin goals of military success and humanitarian aid in Afghanistan are doomed to failure, the president of Caritas Internationalis told The Catholic Register as he visited the international aid network's Canadian partner.

TORONTO - A cardinal in Honduras has asked the Canadian government to rein in Canadian mining companies operating in his country.

TORONTO - The Archbishop of Canterbury will meet with the American Episcopalian House of Bishops in September in an effort to prevent a schism between Anglicans in the rich, first world and the Anglican majority in the global south.
TORONTO - A charity established by 12-year-old Catholic school children a dozen years ago has landed a $1.2-million grant from the Canadian founder of eBay, who as a student pumped gas in the neighbourhood.

{mosimage}Eighteen years into a sometimes divisive debate, the Vatican has put a final stamp of approval on the Canadian lectionary — granting a recognitio to the inclusive language of the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible in English.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Catholic emergency relief dollars are once again headed out to help victims of extreme weather associated with global warming.

{mosimage}MARKHAM, Ont. - Cardinal Joseph Zen isn’t asking for much from Beijing.

“Our hope is normalization of the situation. That’s our purpose,” the 75-year-old archbishop of Hong Kong told The Catholic Register May 21 while visiting St. Agnes Kouying Church in Markham, north of Toronto. Zen has been Rome’s point man in an effort to establish diplomatic relations between Beijing and the Vatican.

{mosimage}TORONTO - When Jesuit Father Peter Henriot arrived in Zambia 19 years ago life expectancy in the landlocked, southern African country was a rather dismal 52 years. Today Zambians can expect to be dead by 37.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Aid workers, church groups and peace activists are deeply disappointed in the Manley panel’s report on Canada’s future role in Afghanistan — which calls for Canada to continue its mission while seeking more troops from NATO — with aid workers worried the panel’s approach to development could result in murders and kidnapping of project staff and Taliban targeting of communities where they work.

{mosimage}Catholic voters may well decide who gets to be the next president of the United States. It’s a role that by now should be fairly familiar for American Catholics.