France Awards Citizenship to Man Who Hid Hostages in Fridge

From Mashable.

A Malian man who saved several hostages during the attack on a kosher market in Paris by hiding them in a refrigerator will be given French citizenship.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said Thursday that Lassana Bathily will be given naturalized French status, and the government will honor him during a ceremony on Jan. 20.

Bathily, a 24-year-old Malian citizen who is also Muslim, was working in the Hyper Cacher kosher market in the Vincennes neighborhood of Paris when a gunman entered the building on Jan. 9, killing four.

He ushered customers into a refrigerator in the basement of the store as a gunman stormed the market.

Pope Francis Speaks Out on Charlie Hebdo: ‘One Cannot Make Fun of Faith’

Wrong. Religions are based on ideas which we need to discuss, criticize and mock when it passes the ridiculous threshhold.

The Holy Father spoke to journalists in a broad interview on the papal flight to the Philippines about the Charlie Hebdo massacre and the controversy about the magazine’s new cover this week. Religious freedom and freedom of expression, he said, are fundamental human rights. But they are also not a total liberties. “There is a limit,” he said, speaking in Italian. “Every religion has its dignity. I cannot mock a religion that respects human life and the human person.”