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    Pope Hopes to Change Lord's Prayer

    Pope Francis wants to change a line in the Lord's Prayer. 

    (Published Friday, Dec. 8, 2017)

    Pope Francis said in an interview this week that the common phrasing of one line in "The Lord's Prayer" — “lead us not into temptation” — was not quite right.

    "That is not a good translation," the pope said in a Wednesday interview with an Italian television station.

    He suggested it might be better to say: "Do not let us fall into temptation," because God does not lead people into temptation — Satan does.

    "A father doesn’t do that," the pope said. "He helps you get up right away. What induces into temptation is Satan."

    Vincenzo Pinto/AFP Pool Photo via AP

    The pontiff said the prayer from the Book of Matthew is asking God, "When Satan leads us into temptation, You please, give me a hand."

    As Reuters reported, Francis said the Catholic Church in France had decided to use the phrase "do not let us fall into temptation" as an alternative and indicated that it or something similar should be applied worldwide.

    "The Lord’s Prayer" is part of Christian liturgy and memorized at a young age by hundreds of millions of Catholics.

    The prayer's current wording is a translation from the Latin vulgate, Reuters reported, which was translated from ancient Greek, which was translated from Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus.