Pope Francis stirs controversy in debate about freedom of speech

January 15, 2015 10:09 PM

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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 press 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.

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