Pew Research Center: Younger generations tend to have more-positive views than their elders of a number of institutions that play a big part in American society. But for some institutions -- such as churches and the news media -- Millennials' opinions have become markedly more negative in the past five years.
Chicago Tribune: Larycia Hawkins, a tenured political science professor who in December demonstrated solidarity with her Muslim neighbors by wearing a hijab, said at the end of last year that the college appeared ready to force her out after she had rejected recommendations to resign. This week she received word from Provost Stanton Jones that the termination process had begun.
Religion News Service: Wheaton professor's views triggered online hate storm
Bloomberg Business: Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco wants to train sustainability-minded "mavericks" to take over the corporate world.
Religion Dispatches: In announcing new executive action to more rigorously enforce requirements for background checks to purchase guns, President Obama called for balancing the rights of gun owners with other constitutional rights. He then enumerated cases of gun violence in places of worship and people murdered with guns because of their faith.
National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis says the church has an obligation to those who are waiting to learn about Christ and may be in need of a message of mercy and peace. The pontiff has also warned church leaders from thinking the faith can attract people on its own power, emphasizing that "the Church cannot deceive itself into thinking that it shines with its own light."