Pope Francis has urged there should be limits to freedom of speech and expression when it comes to ridiculing someone’s faith, according to an Associated Press report.

The Pontiff said free speech is “a right and a duty that must be displayed without offending”, and that people should feel obliged to speak their minds for the sake of the common good.

“If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch”, the agency quotes Pope Francis as saying as he threw a pretend punch in the direction of his associate. “It’s normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others.”

“There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others,” he said. “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.”

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