On Thursday Pope Francis said that freedom of speech was a “fundamental right” but that it didn’t give one the right to “insult other people’s beliefs”. When asked about the caricatures of the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, he said “We should not taunt, insult or deride others’ faith” at a press conference on the plane he was catching from Colombo to Manila. Freedom of speech must “be used without causing offence” he said, while stressing that speak out was a “fundamental right.”
Pope Francis also expressed hope that the various States would show more “determination” in the fight against climate change. “We have made slaves of Mother Nature and our earth. We have gone too far,” said the Argentinian pope on the Philippines-bound plane.