Reading the pope carefully Admin Thursday, September 26, 2013 The Church, the pope has said, is a “field hospital” for the wounded in a cruel world, therefore, Philadelphia’s spiritual leader says, “the goal of our witness is to create a space of beauty and mercy . . .” © 2023 The Catholic Thing. All rights reserved. For reprint rights, write to: [email protected] The Catholic Thing is a forum for intelligent Catholic commentary. Opinions expressed by writers are solely their own.