An Illinois congressman seeking re-election says he had no choice but to be the only U.S. House member to vote against what he called a "stupid'' resolution allowing military chaplains to still perform their duties during the federal government's shutdown.
Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier — a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.
Pope Francis, in a wide-ranging interview with 16 Jesuit publications, says "the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards" if it continues to focus on narrow issues such as abortion, gay marriage and contraception.
A leading Roman Catholic cleric in New Jersey has some tough words for his critics.
The Diocese of Peoria is paying more than $1.35 million to settle a civil case brought by former Epiphany Church Altar Boy Andrew Ward.
A former McLean County minister was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to a predatory criminal sexual assault charge.
Leaders in some Illinois faith communities are spreading the word about the national health law to make sure those without insurance know about new tax-subsidized coverage and the start of enrollment on Oct. 1.
An Illinois lawmaker wants to change the state's new concealed-carry law to ban guns in places of worship.
Pope Francis has said gay people should not be marginalised but integrated into society.
Illinois' new concealed carry law forbids people from bringing guns into schools, hospitals and casinos. A group of religious leaders say they want the same protection for places of worship.