Head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City, Pope Francis has changed a pivotal line in The Lord’s Prayer.
For centuries, the prayer has read:
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
But the petition ‘lead us not into temptation’ will now be said ‘do not let us fall into temptation’.
Pope Francis believes the English translation of the prayer is not correct and implies it is God who leads people into ‘temptation’.
The head of the Catholic Church hinted at changes back in 2017.
“I am the one who falls; it’s not Him pushing me into temptation to then see how I have fallen,” the Pope told Italian reporters.
“A father doesn’t do that, a father helps you to get up immediately. It’s Satan who leads us into temptation, that’s his department.”
The prayer comes from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, where Jesus teaches his disciples to pray during the Sermon on the Mount.
It has since become the most widely-used prayer in the Christian world.
The changes were approved on May 22 at the General Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Italy.