On the election of Archbishop José Gomez as Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, L.A. Mayor, Eric Garcetti stated:
“Los Angeles has been blessed by the spiritual guidance of Archbishop José Gomez, and it is encouraging to know that Catholics across America will benefit from his tremendous grace and wisdom. Followers of all faiths seek the Archbishop’s counsel and solace — and he has touched countless lives with his heart for those who struggle, suffer, and live on the margins. His historic Selection, as the first Latino to serve as vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, comes at a moment when his advocacy for immigrant communities can bring new hope at a time of great uncertainty. As someone who has been personally moved by his ministry, I know that Archbishop Gomez will be a compassionate, reassuring presence for millions in the United States and beyond.”
In addition, we have just learned that several distinguished Angelenos will be awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti congratulated Vin Scully, Frank Gehry, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Ellen Degeneres and Tom Hanks – via Twitter – on their upcoming receipt of the Presidential Medal Of Freedom.
The Presidential Medal Of Freedom is the highest civilian honor for exceptional contributions to the common good in the US. Being awarded the Presidential Medal Of Freedom is a huge recognition for the individuals receiving the prestigious award. It is also an honor for Los Angeles, the city that nurtures and celebrates creativity.