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Pope Approves Changes To The Lord’s Prayer To Clarify Temptation Reference

Source: The Irish Times

Pope Francis has approved changes to the wording of the Lord’s Prayer. Instead of saying “lead us not into temptation,” it will now say “do not let us fall into temptation”.

The changes to the prayer were made to remove the implication that God might lead people into temptation.

The new wording was approved by the general assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Italy last month. It will appear in the third edition of the Messale Romano, the liturgical book that contains the guiding texts for Mass in the Roman Catholic Church.

In 2017, the pope said he believed the wording should be altered.

“It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation,” he told Italy’s TV2000 channel.

Francis added: “I am the one who falls; it’s not him pushing me into temptation to then see how I have fallen. 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.”

According to the Bible, Jesus taught the prayer to his disciples when they asked him how they should pray. Christians all over the world have learned the prayer by heart.

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