Josh Noem '98, '05MDiv | January 2016
When I was a reporting for a Catholic newspaper in Florida, I visited Haiti to report on the work being done by parishioners who had founded a humanitarian aid organization. Ever since Pope Francis opened the Jubilee Year of Mercy last month I keep coming back to this experience — it’s where I felt mercy’s bones.
We spent a few hours at a clinic serving men dying of AIDS and tuberculosis: cinderblock walls, tin roof, metal-framed cots with thin mattresses, cement-slab floors. There were about 30 men — young and old — reclining in beds, languid and still. They were so very thin.