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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Mike Hyland will always remember the day when his 22-year-old son came to him with tears in his eyes and between sobs told his father he was gay. That memory surfaced again when headlines around the world trumpeted Pope Francis declaring gay people have a right to live in a family and should have legal protections.

November 5, 2020

Nuclear arms and Canada

With the treaty banning nuclear weapons about to become international law, Global Affairs Canada has softened its opposition. But it’s still on the wrong side of history, according to Project Ploughshares executive director Cesar Jaramillo.

“I knew I had to quit when my 15-year-old daughter would say, ‘Mom, don’t go to work and cry again.’ ”

Canada’s tiny Byzantine-rite Slovak diocese based in Toronto was shocked to learn it no longer had a bishop as of Oct. 20.

In the middle of the second wave of COVID-19 sweeping Canada, Development and Peace-Caritas Canada is making its second attempt to raise the money and awareness its partners in poor countries desperately need.

Life in a northern town can be tough. Life in three northern towns might be tougher. But Bishop Tom Dowd is relishing the challenge of leading the Church in Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury and North Bay in Northern Ontario.

October 29, 2020

Being a donor matters

Mary Thicket is not rich. But that doesn’t stop her from being a donor.

With an Oct. 26 ruling that keeps the status quo at the U.S.-Canada border, asylum seekers will continue to be sent back into indefinite detention in American jails before eventually being deported back to the countries they are fleeing.

Most charitable gifts are spent. The money is spent responsibly and carefully and there’s never enough of it, but the money gets spent. That’s why there’s always another letter, another appeal, another campaign.

After 61 years Gideon Travel has reached the end of the road.