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In very short order, Pope Francis has risen from the status of a somewhat obscure cardinal from Argentina to international acclaim as a papal superstar and a breath of fresh air in the dusty halls of the Vatican. He has moved to rid the highest levels of the Church of its stifling bureaucracy, helped bring about a historic rapprochement between the United States and Cuba, and declared that it was not his place to judge priests on their sexual orientation.

[np_storybar title=”Pope Francis cautions against insulting religion after Charlie Hebdo, saying anyone who curses his mother ‘can expect a punch’” link=””]Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone’s faith.

Francis spoke about the Paris terror attacks while en route to the Philippines, defending free speech as not only a fundamental human right but a duty to speak one’s mind for…

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