(RNS) On Nov. 19 at the Vatican, Pope Francis will officially name – or “create,” as the Catholic Church prefers to say – 17 new cardinals. What is a cardinal anyway? Where did they come from? What do they do? Let us ‘Splain …
(RNS) Reformation Day is mainly marked by Lutherans and members of the Reformed Church, and in some churches it has developed into a holiday meant to rival Halloween. But does it? Let us ‘Splain . . .
(RNS) How is opposition to the Dakota Access pipeline rooted in traditional Native American spirituality? Let us ‘Splain …
(RNS) Security is being beefed up as thousands of pilgrims flock to a Marian shrine in southwest France. Why Lourdes and what is the Assumption?
(RNS) From Christian martyr to sports icon, St. Sebastian is the patron saint of athletes and of Rio de Janeiro.
(RNS) Billionaire Charles Koch said rumors he would support Hillary Clinton for president amounted to “a blood libel,” but do they really? Let us ‘Splain.
(RNS) In 80 countries — including the U.S. — Gulenists are making their mark.
(RNS) The symbol is newer to Judaism than you might think.
(RNS) What does it mean that Pope Francis thinks the Catholic Church should apologize to gays and other marginalized groups? Let us ‘Splain . . .
(RNS) Slaves, plagues, wine and matzo.
(RNS) Most scholars say “nope,” but a growing number of Christians host their own seders. Let us ‘splain …
(RNS) March 17 is St. Patrick’s Day. But was there a real St. Patrick? Did he drive the snakes out of Ireland or use the shamrock to explain the Trinity? Why should this fifth-century priest be remembered at all? Let us ‘Splain.
(RNS) These polls have given us “Trumpvangelicals,” true believers for Ted Cruz and confusion over Democrats and the God vote. Let us ‘splain.
(RNS) Whatever your feelings about this extra day of winter/school/work, you can thank a 16th-century Catholic pope for it. Let us ‘Splain . . .
(RNS) Will there be a Mass? A eulogy? Lots of sacred music? Let us ‘Splain . . .