The Pope has revealed he would PUNCH anybody who insulted his mother as he debated freedom of speech in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks.
Pope Francis’ comments came as he flew from Sri Lanka to the Philippines to start the second leg of his Asian tour.
Referring to Alberto Gasparri, who organises papal trips and was standing by his side, the Pontiff said: “It is true that you must not react violently, but although we are good friends if my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch.’
Pope Francis then threw a pretend punch his friend’s way.
“Jesus saw his own mother, and the disciple standing near whom he loved. He said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son”. Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother. Anyone gives her lip, you clock him one from me!”.” John 19:26-27 (New Franciscan Version)