Set against the backdrop of the HIV and AIDS epidemic of the late 20th century and the Catholic Church’s crackdown on gay and lesbian activists, Hidden Mercy: AIDS, Catholics, and the Untold Stories of Compassion in the Face of Fear (Broadleaf Books, 2021) shines a light on the quiet heroes who responded to human suffering when so much of society—and so much of the Catholic Church—told them to look away. Hidden Mercy author Michael O’Loughlin will talk about and sign copies of his book at a Feb. 3 event co-sponsored by the Boston College Jesuit Institute and Saint Ignatius Church. The event, which begins at 7 p.m. ET, will be held in-person at St. Ignatius Church and will be available via livestream. O’Loughlin is an award-winning journalist and the national correspondent for America Media.