Pope Francis on free speech: ‘You cannot insult the faith of others’

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis on Thursday (January 15) condemned last week’s terrorist attack on the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo but warned there were limits on freedom of expression.

Speaking to journalists as he flew from Sri Lanka to the Philippines on a weeklong visit to Asia, the pope said freedom of expression was a “fundamental human right” and stressed that killing in the name of God was an unacceptable “aberration.” 

“You don’t kill in God’s name,” Francis said.