Pope Francis had a refreshing message when asked about atheists yesterday on Vatican radio, assuring his flock that yes, the godless could be good people, too. „‘But father, he is not Catholic! He cannot do good,'” Francis imagined a follower protesting. „Yes, he can. He must. Not can: must.” Atheists, he said, could be „precious allies,” telling them, „Do good: we will meet one another there.” He even called out the disciples as „a little intolerant,” saying Jesus would embrace even non-believers.