How to answer some common Ash Wednesday questions

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Editors' note: The following Q&A about Ash Wednesday is provided courtesy of Religion News Service's feature "The ‘Splainer," which helps to break down important topics concerning religion.

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(RNS) As people will be walking around with ashes on their heads this Wednesday, The ‘Splainer asks what having a dirty forehead has to do with being a Christian and why this ritual is gaining in popularity.

Q: Excuse me, but why do you have dirt on your forehead?