Vatican in Damage Control After Pope’s Latest Remarks on Charlie Hebdo Killers

The Vatican is in full damage control following the pope’s latest controversial remarks.
On Thursday Pope Francis defended the Charlie Hebdo Islamic killers, saying,
“If my good friend says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch.”

CBS Local


The Vatican is trying to clarify some controversial comments by Pope Francis.

Some say his statement seemed to condone last week’s terror attack at a French newspaper, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Thursday.

On a flight to the Philippines, the pope took questions, and raised eyebrows.

A French reporter asked about the attack at Charlie Hebdo, which was carried out by Muslims outraged over the paper’s mocking of the prophet Muhammad.

Francis condemned those who kill in the name of religion, but then said, “If (my good friend) says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch. It’s normal.”

“You cannot provoke; you cannot insult the faith of others,” the pontiff added.

Father James Martin, the editor at large of the Jesuit magazine “America,” said Pope Francis was trying to make a point about respect for other religions.

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