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Pope Francis Changes The Catholic Church's Most Famous Prayer

Dominic Smithers

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Pope Francis Changes The Catholic Church's Most Famous Prayer

Pope Francis has sanctioned a review of Catholicism's most famous prayer, the 'Lord's Prayer'.

According to reports, the head of the Church has allowed a line in the prayer to be altered as he believes it sends to wrong message to followers.

Rather than "lead us not into temptation", congregations the world over will now recite the line "do not let us fall into temptation".

UCatholic said it was believed the previous words insinuated that God could lead his followers into damnation, while the new one shows that it is, in fact, the responsibility of the believer to stay on the straight and narrow.

Officials say the new version is closer to the original intention of the prayer.

The Pope said: "'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.

Pope Francis approved the new translation of the Church's most famous prayer. Credit: PA
Pope Francis approved the new translation of the Church's most famous prayer. Credit: PA

"it's Satan who leads us into temptation, that's his department."

This isn't the first time the Church's leader has shown support for the change.

In 2017 he came out in opposition to the line, saying: "A father does not lead into temptation, a father helps you to get up immediately.

"It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation. The one who leads you into temptation is Satan. That's Satan's role."

According to reports, there has also been a change to the Gloria.

Whereas before it was "Peace on earth to people of good will" it will now read "Peace on Earth to people beloved by God".

New editions will now be printed and made available for use. Credit: PA
New editions will now be printed and made available for use. Credit: PA

This is part of he third edition of the Messale Romano (Italian Missal), which has revised the translation of the text.

More than 16 years in the making, the revision was passed last month by the General Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Italy.

The decision was made in order to "contribute to the renewal of the ecclesial community in the wake of the liturgical reform."

President Cardinal Gualtiero Basset said: "Bishops and experts worked on improving the text from a theological, pastoral and stylistic point of view, as well as on fine-tuning the presentation of the Missal."

The third edition of the Missal will be printed over the next few months and then made available for use.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: religion, World News, Interesting

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