According to data released this week, while no longer the nation’s most religiously diverse state, Illinois is now home to the second-highest number of different religious faiths.

And one faith, in particular, is experiencing rapid growth in the Prairie State: While Roman Catholics continue to rank as both the nation’s and state’s largest religious group, their memberships ranks are in decline. Meanwhile, Muslims have now become the state’s fastest growing and third-largest group among 176 religious traditions, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The findings were outlined in the decennial 2012 Religious Congregations and Membership Study, released Tuesday during a Chicago conference. Pennsylvania, home to 184 different religious traditions, outpaced Illinois as the nation’s most religiously diverse. [Read more…]