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 - Prayers and peace have been linked for as long as soldiers have marched off to war. A couple hundred people gathered at St. James Anglican Cathedral April 22 to take Canada’s turn at praying for peace, for endangered Canadian soldiers and for the men trying to kill them.

AJAX, Ont. - The Town of Ajax is taking over the 136-year-old St. Frances de Sales Church and the parish has an extra $400,000 to put towards the debt on its new church a few blocks north of the old building.

Tom MonaghanTORONTO - The culture war between liberal and conservative Catholics in the United States is not a good thing, but it will only end when liberal Catholics embrace conservative principles or leave the Church entirely, says America’s richest and most controversial Catholic philanthropist.

Tom Monaghan, who won a World Series as owner of the Detroit Tigers and who built up Domino’s Pizza to 6,200 franchises world-wide then sold the company to an investment firm for $1 billion in 1998, makes no apology for using his wealth to recreate the Church he remembers from the 1940s and ’50s.
{mosimage}TORONTO - The Ukrainian eparchy of Toronto is divided and will face years of bitterness and recrimination over its decision to sell its monastery near Orangeville, according to one of the bishop’s most senior consultors.

{mosimage}TORONTO - The Dalai Lama, whose name is Tenzin Gyatso, has a hard enough time convincing people he is a simple, 72-year-old monk and a refugee. That the spiritual leader who embodies both Tibetan culture and Tibetan Buddhism could convince 16,000 who came to see him at the Rogers Centre Halloween evening that he is a man of science and a champion of the secular borders on miraculous.

{mosimage}THORNHILL, Ont. - There hasn’t always been a St. Luke’s, but just about. The parish has been there in one form or another ever since Bishop Michael Power decided Upper Canada needed another Catholic church between Toronto and Newmarket in 1844. It cost $1,000 to buy land for the church, rectory and cemetery that began St. Luke’s long history in 1847.

{mosimage}TORONTO - There’s just one reason why half a dozen imams and other leaders in Toronto’s Muslim community joined an interfaith tour of the Holocaust Museum in the city’s north end Oct. 16, and just one reason they listened intently to Max Eisen tell how he survived the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp as a 15-year-old slave labourer.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Some of the most horrific violence of our time happened in Algeria in the 1990s, and it only tangentially involved Catholics. But that tangent is full of dangers, doubts and fear.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Abraham’s star has certainly risen since jumbo jets slammed into the World Trade Centre towers in New York City, Sept. 11, 2001. Interfaith dialogues acquired a sense of urgency at the dawn of the new century, and such dialogues almost always begin by holding up Abraham as the common ancestor of Jews, Christians and Muslims.

{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.