The unconventional Pope Francis

Published On: Jul 29 2013 11:20:49 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 29 2013 02:53:04 PM CDT

Pope Francis is breaking with tradition and changing the tone of the papacy, both to the delight and chagrin of the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis celebrates Mass on Copacabana Beach
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Atheists welcomed comments by Pope Francis in May that God redeems everyone, even nonbelievers. “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone,” the pope told worshipers at morning Mass. “‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”

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