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 - Until at least 2010 Canada’s ecumenical social justice agency is going to be thinking, talking, organizing and campaigning on one over-riding issue. From here on out it’s all about fossil fuels for KAIROS.

{mosimage}TORONTO - While the Canadian government plans to increase the number of Iraqi refugees resettled in Canada by decreasing numbers accepted from other troubled areas, the archdiocese of Toronto has doubled its overall refugee sponsorship targets in recognition of the extraordinary circumstances of approximately 4.5 million displaced Iraqis.

{mosimage}TORONTO - With martyred Archbishop Paulos Rahho’s portrait on display before the altar, 1,000 Chaldean Catholics gathered at Toronto’s Good Shepherd Chaldean parish March 14 to pray the Stations of the Cross in ancient Syriac, a language directly descended from Jesus’ own Aramaic tongue.

{mosimage}While Canada’s native people wait for an official government apology for the residential schools, Australian aboriginal people are celebrating their government’s willingness to say sorry.

{mosimage}TORONTO - The first Catholic project by the Canada Foodgrains Bank will direct $500,000 to Zambian farmers who lost their crops to flooding in December and January.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Protesters lined the street outside Toronto’s King Edward Hotel May 20, and dominated the microphones inside Goldcorp Inc.’s annual general meeting, putting the world’s second largest gold producer on the defensive over its human rights and environmental record in Guatemala and Honduras.

{mosimage}TORONTO - The complaints of peasants and indigenous people in Central America have reached the Toronto Stock Exchange and pushed Goldcorp Inc. off a socially responsible stock index that helps determine at least $33 million in mutual fund investment.

{mosimage}An extra $45 million for the World Food Program plus $5 million more for the ecumenical Canada Foodgrains Bank in Winnipeg will help avert a disaster in much of the world where rising food prices are pushing the 850 million people who live on a dollar a day towards starvation.

"It is a step in the right direction," said Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace director of international programs Gilio Brunelli.

{mosimage}TORONTO - Canada needs a new strategy if it wants to see peace and development in Afghanistan, the new secretary general of Brussels-based Pax Christi International told The Catholic Register.

{mosimage}TORONTO - The debate over how, when, where and whether scientists should be allowed to experiment on human embryonic stem cells should not be left in the hands of bureaucrats, academics and scientists, London Bishop Ron Fabbro said at a Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute conference for doctors April 27.