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Philippines: 'A punch in the nose' to those who disrespect religion - Pope Francis01:55

Philippines: 'A punch in the nose' to those who disrespect religion - Pope Francis

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January 15, 2015 at 22:49 GMT +00:00 · Published

Pope Francis stated that anyone who insults a religion can expect "a punch in the nose," in an impromptu address to press aboard his official plane as it flew from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Thursday.

The Pope also criticised those he saw as corrupting religion by "offending or waging war" in the name of God. His remarks came after 12 died at the offices of magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week. The magazine was believed to be targeted by gunmen for their numerous depictions of the Prophet Mohammed, which again appeared in its latest edition - the first since the attack.

The Pope did not specifically refer to Charlie Hebdo, but said that insulting any religion was dangerous and unacceptable.

Philippines: 'A punch in the nose' to those who disrespect religion - Pope Francis01:55
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Pope Francis stated that anyone who insults a religion can expect "a punch in the nose," in an impromptu address to press aboard his official plane as it flew from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Thursday.

The Pope also criticised those he saw as corrupting religion by "offending or waging war" in the name of God. His remarks came after 12 died at the offices of magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week. The magazine was believed to be targeted by gunmen for their numerous depictions of the Prophet Mohammed, which again appeared in its latest edition - the first since the attack.

The Pope did not specifically refer to Charlie Hebdo, but said that insulting any religion was dangerous and unacceptable.

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