Pope Francis Tuesday condemned Western media for offending feelings of Muslims under the pretext of freedom of expression, saying that provocation would cause anger.
"Theoretically we can say that violent reaction against insult and provocation cannot be accepted ... (and) our freedom of expression is important," Pope Francis told reporters on plane on his way back home from the Philippines, cited by local media in the Vatican City.
However, he added, "I can't humiliate and provoke a person on a constant basis because I will be risking he gets angry and I receive an unfair reaction." Pope Francis said freedom of expression should take into consideration the reality of humans.
He said any violent reaction against the freedom of expression would be condemned, but "freedom should be accompanied by wisdom."