Pope Francis has changed a line in the popular Christian prayer The Lord’s Prayer.
The line that says “and lead us not into temptation” now reads as “do not let us fall into temptation”. The change was approved on May 22nd, 2019 during the General Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Italy.
The changes come after the Pope signaled that he was frustrated that the line implies that God might lead people into temptation. In 2017, at an Italian Catholic TV channel quoted the Pope saying “Do not let me fall into temptation because it is I who fall, it is not God who throws me into temptation and then sees how I fell.”
According to the Bible, the book that guides Christianity, the prayer originates in Matthew 6:9-13 and was taught by Jesus of Nazareth to his followers.
The amended phrase will be used in a revised third edition of the Italian Missal – a book which includes all the texts for the celebration of Mass in the Catholic Church.
The Pontiff has previously told Italian TV that the new translation was already being used by the Catholic Church because the original translation implies God leads humans to sin.
However according to The Sun, the words of the Lord’s Prayer won’t be changed in Britain despite Pope Francis approving altering parts of it, the Catholic Church has said.
Anglicans or Protestants have separate texts so the changes approved by the Pope will not directly affect them. the change comes following 16 years of research by experts who claim to have found a mistake in the current translation.