(RNS) When Al Smith ran for president in 1928, his status as the first Catholic to head a major party ticket was challenged on the basis that he would have to follow papal encyclicals, not the U.S. Constitution. “What the hell is an encyclical?” Smith reportedly replied.
Religion can be complicated. The ‘Splainer isn't.
(RNS) “I have lived thirty years in these thirty days,” wrote Sheryl Sandberg after the end of the monthlong period of Jewish mourning. “I am thirty years sadder. I feel like I am thirty years wiser.”
(RNS) This weekend marks the Christian holy day of Pentecost and the Jewish holy day Shavuot. Both involve “gifts,” but not the kind that come with bows. Let us ‘Splain …
(RNS) Thousands of Rohingya have left Myanmar this spring and at least hundreds are now stranded at sea. Who are these Rohingya and what are they running from? Let us ‘splain …
(RNS) Was the finale of AMC’s “Mad Men” really a lesson of American religious history in disguise? Let us ‘splain.
(RNS) In one minute, the April 25 earthquake in Nepal toppled, destroyed and damaged a millennium of religious history. This ‘Splainer looks at the damaged sites and their religious and historical significance.
(RNS) There are four main characters named Thomas in PBS’ “Wolf Hall.” Here’s a who’s who and a look at why these four Thomases are important to religion today.
(RNS) Happy Holy Week! Why is Good Friday “good,” and how did Jesus stretch 36 hours from the crucifixion to his resurrection into three days? And what’s up with the colored eggs? 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.