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ROY NGERNG ASKS POPE FRANCIS FOR HELP TO FREE AMOS YEE

Dear Pope Francis, My name is Roy Ngerng from Singapore. A 16-year-old boy, Amos Yee, has been charged by the Singapore government, in relation to a video which he had made where he said that the late first prime minister of Singapore “Lee Kuan Yew was a horrible person”. He also compared Mr Lee to Jesus. Because of that, he is now facing three charges. For one of the charges, he was said to have made the video with the “deliberate intention of wounding the religious feelings of Christians in general”.

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POPE FRANCIS: FREEDOM OF SPEECH NOT GOOD REASON TO INSULT RELIGION

In reference to the cartoons in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, Pope Francis said there are limits to free speech especially when religion is insulted. He did however also point out that killing in God's name is an absurd notion. . As the Pope spoke to reporters on his flight from Sri Lanka to the Philippines, he shared that freedom of expression was a fundamental human right like freedom of religion but it should be used without giving offense to others.

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FILIPINO POLICE OFFICERS ON DUTY FOR POPE'S VISIT TOLD TO WEAR ADULT DIAPERS

The Philippines traffic authority is forcing thousands of its staff to wear adult diapers so as to keep them at their posts during Pope Francis' visit to the country. In an interview with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chief Francis Tolentino, he said that an initial batch of 2,000 diapers will be issued to constables in charge of overseeing traffic during the Feast of the Black Nazarene scheduled on January 9.

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Pope Francis calls for fair distribution of wealth and equal access to education and health care

Pope Francis, who was known as the slum pope in his native Buenos Aires because of his visits to the poorest people, said the wounds of poverty “disfigure the face of humanity” and were crying out to be healed. “We Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it,” he said. He again called on the wealthy to share their good fortune, to not be blind to the needs of others, and not to practice superficial solidarity or vain displays of self-denial.

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