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.
The case of a defrocked Roman Catholic priest who went to prison six years ago for sexually abusing boys is still dogging Chicago Cardinal Francis George.
John Paul II could be declared a saint this year after a Vatican committee approved a second miracle attributed to the Polish pope's intercession.
The warden of an Indiana federal prison in Terre Haute says allowing Muslim inmates to pray in groups larger than two threatens security in the facility.
It has been a month since the Boy Scouts of America National Council voted to allow openly gay members into its organization. That policy change takes effect next year.
A fire that may have been caused by a lightning strike has caused about $1 million worth of damage to the Ridgeview Baptist Church in Danville.
The University of Bologna in Italy has found what it says may be the oldest complete scroll of Judaism's most important text, the Torah.
The Illinois House on Wednesday rejected an attempt to take a closer look at the field of psychiatry and its role in shaping Illinois law.
Pope Francis has proclaimed the first saints of his pontificate in a ceremony at the Vatican - a list which includes 800 victims of an atrocity carried out by Ottoman soldiers in 1480.
A vigil to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is meant to promote a peaceful response to acts of violence.