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 - A renewed debate on whether Canada should join the United States' National Missile Defence scheme desperately needs a Catholic voice, according to Deacon Steve Barringer, a founding member of Catholics For Peace, Toronto. In Barringer's view, a Catholic voice would say "No."

Toronto Mayor David MillerTORONTO - Faith may be the next force in municipal politics in Toronto, and Mayor David Miller thinks that's a good thing.

TORONTO - As Toronto's homeless face another winter on the streets and in the shelters, their fate is again an election issue.

Cathedral of the Transfiguration, Unionville, OntarioTORONTO - One of Canada's most architecturally impressive and ambitious cathedrals is no longer a cathedral. Eparch John Pazak, spiritual head of Byzantine rite Slovak Catholics in Canada, has removed the blessed sacrament and the antimension, or altar stone, from the Cathedral of the Transfiguration, a giant gold-domed church on the edge of Unionville, north of Toronto.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Parkdale isn’t what it used to be. There are condos going up, gourmet restaurants offering Food Channel cuisine, artists and entrepreneurs sharing the sidewalk with the homeless, ex-psychiatric patients and the chronically unemployed.

TORONTO - It’s unlikely that the Oct. 10 Ontario election will be fought over the issue of prayer and meditation at Queen’s Park. It’s equally unlikely members of the provincial legislature and their staffs will have a room set aside for contemplation and related inactivities before election day.
TORONTO - More than half a trillion dollars, almost a fifth of Canada’s investment capital, is now invested with one eye on the ethical bottom line.
TORONTO - Like the tulips defying the last gasps of winter, preparations for ordinations are another sure sign of spring in Toronto.
For Vanessa Harris her Grade 8 class trip to the Holocaust Museum in Toronto was all about trying to understand the incomprehensible.
TORONTO - An attack on a Jewish community centre in midtown Toronto is part of a continuing pattern that needs to be addressed, said Fr. Damian MacPherson, the archdiocese of Toronto’s interfaith and ecumenical affairs officer.