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by dpa (TNS)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis says he is ready to “punch” anyone who insults his mother, illustrating that there are limits to freedom of expression.

“We have a duty to speak openly. To have this freedom, but without offending. It’s true that you cannot react with violence, but if (my aide) Doctor Gasbarri, who is a friend, badmouths my mother, a punch would be coming for him,” Francis says.

“I would say that there are limits to freedom of expression, and my mother is the limit,” the pontiff says in remarks made en route to the Philippines from Sri Lanka, published by the Corriere della Sera newspaper.

AFP Photo/Alberto Pizzoli

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This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

Georgia's Trump supporters are not giving up. On Saturday, scores massed outside the statehouse in Atlanta, a small sea of mostly men in red MAGA hats hoisting signs hurling accusations against Joe Biden and wearing campaign tee-shirts saying "STOP the STEAL."

It barely mattered that Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger had certified Biden's unexpected nearly 13,000-vote victory one day before. Also irrelevant was Georgia's unprecedented manual hand count of presidential votes on 5 million paper ballots, which was more than any 2020 swing state has done since Election Day to verify its votes.

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