Speaking on the deadly attacks by Islamist militants, Pope Francis defended freedom of expression, but said it was wrong to provoke others by insulting their religion and that one could ‘expect’ a reaction.
‘You can’t provoke, you can’t insult the faith of others, you can’t make fun of faith,’ he told reporters.
Francis was asked about the relationship between freedom of religion and freedom of expression.
‘I think both freedom of religion and freedom of expression are both fundamental human rights,’ he said, adding that he was talking specifically about the Paris killings.
‘Everyone has not only the freedom and the right but the obligation to say what he thinks for the common good … we have the right to have this freedom openly without offending,’ he said.
To illustrate his point, he said, ‘It is true that you must not react violently, but although we are good friends if (he) says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch, it’s normal.’
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