Pope on Charlie Hebdo: Making fun of people’s faith is ‘provocation,’ curse against my mom, ‘expect a punch’

Pope Francis admonished those who would make fun of people’s religious beliefs, Thursday.

Weighing in on Charlie Hebdo, aboard the papal plane headed for the Philippines, he said that there are limits to free expression and when you provoke by mocking, you should expect consequences.

Using Alberto Gasparri, an aide standing beside him as an example, His Holiness said, “You cannot react violently, but if Mr. Gasparri, my great friend, says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. This is normal.”

“There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he told reporters, according to AOL. “They are provocateurs. And what happens to them is what would happen to Dr. Gasparri if he says a curse word against my mother. There is a limit.”

The video comes from The Guardian.


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