Pope inducts Archbishop Wilton Gregory to College of Cardinals

Nov. 28 (UPI) — Pope Francis on Saturday appointed Washington D.C. Archbishop Wilton Gregory to the College of Cardinals in Vatican City, making Gregory the first Black American to hold the rank of cardinal.

Gregory was presented with a ring and a scroll, as well as a skullcap called a zucchetto and a four-cornered silk hat called a biretta.

Thirteen men became new cardinals at the induction, called a consistory. This year’s ceremony has special health requirements because of the COVID-19 pandemic, including quarantines for the men, who are all in the at-risk age for complications from the virus.

Two of the appointees, Cornelius Sim of Brunei and Jose Fuerte Advincula of the Philippines, participated via a special live stream because of coronavirus travel restrictions.

Gregory, a Chicago native, was formerly the Archbishop of Atlanta between 2005 and 2019. Gregory has focused on diversity in the church, including welcoming members of the LGBTQ community, which became one of his keystone missions.

As now cardinal archbishop of Washington, D.C., Gregory will work with President-Elect Joe Biden, the nation’s second Roman Catholic president after John F. Kennedy.

Gregory has said that while he doesn’t share President-elect Joe Biden’s view on abortion, he hopes to build a good relationship with him.

“I want to begin whatever conversations ensue in a positive vein, rather than in an adversarial mode,” Gregory said.

Gregory made headlines this summer when he criticized the Knights of Columbus for hosting President Donald Trump at the St. John Paul II Shrine in northern D.C. the day after protesters were dispersed with tear gas at the St. John Episcopal Church.

Gregory said the Catholic organization was “egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles,” when Trump used the event as a campaign photo opportunity.

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Lawrence Board of Education Profile: Gregory Johnson

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ — Attorney Gregory G. Johnson has been working closely with various schools across the state for years. A resident of Lawrence township, Johnson said his family’s experience with the school district made him aware of the racial disparity that exists. He is now running for a seat in the Lawrence Board of Education to represent make all students feel welcome and improve their experience in the school district.

Read below to learn more about Johnson and his platform for the upcoming elections in Lawrence.

Name – Gregory G. Johnson

Age (as of Election Day) – 59

Position Sought – Lawrence Board of Education

Does anyone in your family work in politics or government?

My wife is an Administrator with state government My son works for Mercer County government

Education –

Trenton Central High School, Diploma

Mercer County College, AA

Florida State University, BA

Rutgers Camden Law School, JD

Occupation –

Real Estate Attorney

Previous or Current Elected or Appointed Office –

Lawrence Township Committeeperson, District 12

Campaign website –

Gregory Johnson for Lawrence Board of Education on Facebook

Why are you seeking elective office?

As a practicing attorney and former School Board attorney, I offer unique skills, experience and knowledge to the Lawrence Township Board of Education. During my professional career, I have represented both urban and suburban school districts throughout the state of New Jersey. Specifically, in the 1980’s I worked as an attorney for the Trenton Board of Education, and later, became the General Counsel for the Paterson Schools, where I worked closely with the New Jersey Department of Education on all legal matters, including central office reorganizations, instructional reforms and policy and student disciplinary matters. I routinely advised superintendents and senior managers on school policies, labor and employment matters, disciplinary matters and litigation cases. I have also represented parents of disabled students seeking educational programs and services provided under federal and state education laws. Finally, as a Black man, I offer the voice of a demographic that this current Board does not have and desperately needs.

The single most pressing issue facing our school district is _______, and this is what I intend to do about it.

COVID-19 pandemic. Protecting our students, families and staff is our first priority. I firmly believe that the Governor of New Jersey has done an excellent job providing guidelines for re-opening our public schools and preparing for this 2020-2021 school year. As the Lawrence Township Public Schools prudently began this school year with virtual learning, I support the Superintendent and Board of Education in making sure that we safely reopen our school district. This pandemic has created significant issues for all our families. This pandemic negatively impacted special needs and minority students who benefit the most from in school instruction. If elected, I will work hard to make sure that the schools offer extended year or supplemental instruction for special needs students and minority students, other affected students. This will help make-up lost instructional time.

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