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Charlie Hebdo attacks: The Pope says you cannot provoke ‘the faith of others’

16 Jan

Metro

Pope Francis said that the existence of a creator 'requires' the theories of evolution and the Big Bang (Picture: Getty Images) Pope Francis said that the existence of a creator ‘requires’ the theories of evolution and the Big Bang (Picture: Getty Images)

Pope Francis has suggested the people who died in the Charlie Hebdo attacks ‘provoked’ the gunmen and said: ‘You cannot insult the faith of others.’

The pontiff also said there were ‘limits’ on free speech when it came to speaking about religion.

His comments came while en-route to the Philippines, when he indicated to his assistant Alberto Gasparri and said: ‘If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch,’ and then mimed a punch.

He continued: ‘It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.’

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A frame grab taken from a footage made available and posted by Jordi Mir, a local resident, on January 7, 2015 shows hooded gunmen aiming Kalashnikov rifles towards a police officer, before shooting him dead after leaving the office of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo. A huge manhunt for two brothers suspected of massacring 12 people in an Islamist attack at a satirical French weekly zeroed in on a northern town on January 8 after the discovery of one of the getaway cars. AFP PHOTO/ JORDI MIR  == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / COURTESY OF JORDI MIR" - NO MARKETING - NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ==JORDI MIR/AFP/Getty Images 12 people died in the attack on the Charlie…

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