Pope Francis has done some unusual things, including washing the feet of women at the traditional Holy Thursday mass and breaking an unwritten rule dating centuries. I think, however, the statement that anyone who does good, regardless of religion or indeed lack of religion, are good people might just take the biscuit, cake, and everything else.
This statement is completely in the other direction compared to his predecessor, Cardinal Ratzinger, who sparked complaints from non-Catholics that he treated them as second class citizens. However, it is an important one, especially in this day and age, with the hateful reaction religions and atheists get in certain communities.
Only together will we know peace, not by tearing each other apart through beliefs.