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Pope Francis stirs controversy in debate about freedom of speech
Pope Francis stirs controversy in debate about freedom of speech

Pope Francis on Thursday stirred fresh controversy in the debate over freedom of speech and individual responsibility with a remark that suggested that a violent reaction to insults should be expected. In an on-board news conference with journalists traveling with him to the Philippines from Sri Lanka, the pontiff was asked for his views after last week’s terror attacks in Paris on the appropriate balance between freedom of expression and respect for others’ religious beliefs. Francis had said after the Jan. 7 attacks incited by satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s lampooning of the Muslim prophet Muhammad that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right but that...

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