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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{mosimage}TORONTO - Toronto City Hall bustles with big city business and big city egos clashing over big money decisions. The Toronto Area Interfaith Council believes all that sound and fury should be leavened with a little silence.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Theology in Toronto just got a $2.5-million shot in the arm. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto have put up the money to endow a chair in systematic theology at the University of St. Michael’s College, and  chosen Catholic Theological Society of America president Margaret O’Gara as the first professor to hold the chair.

 Gustavo GutierrezTORONTO - Before rejecting Gustavo Gutierrez’s claim for asylum, a board member of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board asked the decorated police detective why he didn’t just take his concerns about death threats to a higher level of Mexican law enforcement.

Months later Gutierrez is still stunned by the question.

Jesuits are always on the move, but the next move for the Jesuit Fathers of English Canada will concentrate the order's brain trust on the eastern edge of Queen's Park Circle, on the main campus of the University of Toronto.

jesus WalkMore than 1,000 students in Halton area Catholic schools went for a walk May 6 in the first annual Walk With Jesus.

It was a chance for students to absorb the Bible through their feet, according to photographer and reporter Michael Swan. His audio-visual slide-show presentation can be viewed below.

 

 

 

 

 

{mosimage}TORONTO - The number of people gathered in St. Anne’s Catholic Church in downtown Toronto to commemorate the Acteal massacre in Chiapas 10 years ago was about equal to the 45 indigenous Mexicans who were shot down by a paramilitary group in 1997.

{mosimage}TORONTO - When Latin American immigrants say Canada is a cold country they’re not talking about the weather. When Hispanics go looking for the warmth of a community that knows and understands them they often find it more readily in Pentecostal and Evangelical churches than in staid and proper Catholic parishes.

{mosimage}TORONTO - The linguistic ground is shifting underneath arguably the most diverse diocese in Catholicism, where Mass is celebrated in 34 languages every Sunday morning. The latest numbers from the 2006 Census show quick and dramatic changes in the languages spoken in Toronto.

{mosimage}TORONTO - St. Philip's Centre is well on its way to another 20 years of serving the poor in Toronto's Parkdale neighbourhood, avoiding near bankruptcy and eviction just before Christmas.

Affordable housing keyTORONTO - People are homeless because we’ve chosen to believe a lie, or perhaps chosen to believe more in the real estate market than the Gospel, says Dion Oxford.

The first lie that rules out affordable housing is “the real estate lie,” said Oxford, who runs the Salvation Army Gateway shelter on Jarvis Street in Toronto.

The Toronto obsession with real estate values and the idea that middle class families can make a killing selling their homes every four or five years is killing our sense of home, neighbourhood and community, said Oxford.