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(NEWSER) – Freedom of expression has its limits, and those limits include the pope's mama and poking the faith of others. Aboard the papal plane ahead of his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis addressed the Charlie Hebdoattack by way of pointing to the man at his side, saying, "If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch."

For effect, Francis threw a fake punch his way. "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others." He continues: "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." Other highlights of his remarks, as per the AP:


  • He addressed concerns that the Vatican could be a target of Islamic extremists, saying he was mainly concerned for the Catholic faithful and that his security people were on it. "I am worried, but you know I have a defect: a good dose of carelessness. I'm careless about these things," he said. He added that if something were to happen to him personally, he had prayed that "it doesn't hurt, because I'm not very courageous when it comes to pain. I'm very timid. I'm in God's hands."

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