Pope Francis: God’s Mercy Extends to Atheists

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Pope Francis this week stressed the need for dialogue between believers and non-believers. The pope’s comments came in a letter published in Italy’s popular paper, La Repubblica. One of the paper’s founders, an atheist, had written to the pope asking whether God forgives those who have no faith. Francis responded that God’s mercy has no limits, and those who do not believe in God must obey their own consciences. Earlier this year, the pope made a similar statement, saying atheists who do good can be redeemed.