This year's White House holiday display features an "America the Beautiful" theme, with nods to women's suffrage and the COVID-19 crisis.
Wilton Gregory, archbishop of Washington D.C., views his appointment as “an affirmation of Black Catholics in the United States."
Writing in The New York Times, Francis chastised governments that ignored "mounting deaths" and warned about other "unseen viruses" such as climate change.
The pontiff spoke favorably about protests for racial justice, while criticizing "populist leaders" and those who rail against coronavirus restrictions.
Mayor Bill de Blasio called the clandestine ceremony at Brooklyn's Yetev Lev temple "just unacceptable."
Nichole Nordeman, whose aunt died on Thursday after contracting COVID-19, said she's "run out of incredulity and disgust."
"Like Trump and his supporters working to undermine our democracy illustrate, deluded fanaticism is always harmful, and my family was no exception."
Will they still have those jobs once President-elect Biden takes office? One might.
No word yet on whether there will be changes to minimize the spread of the disease.
The photo featured Brazilian model Natalia Garibotto wearing lingerie.