Pope Reaches Out to Atheists in Letter to Newspaper
Says 'God's mercy' also extends to them
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Sep 12, 2013 3:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – In yet another nontraditional act, Pope Francis has reached out to atheists and agnostics in a letter to an Italian newspaper. Francis told atheists that they should "abide by their own conscience" and that "God's mercy" extends to them, too. (They weren't his first welcoming words to atheists.)