Pope Francis Replaces Pivotal Line In 'The Lord's Prayer'

For the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, there's a change coming to one of their most sacred prayers.

Pope Francis has approved for one petition of The Lord's Prayer, also known as the Our Father, to be changed.

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. Photo: Getty

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.”

Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. Wood engraving by Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld published in 1860. Photo: Getty

The prayer comes from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, where Jesus teaches his disciples to pray during the Sermon on the Mount.

Its first evidence of use by Christians was in the Didache -- religious writings dated to the first century -- which instructs followers to say The Lord's Prayer three times a day.

It has since become the most widely-used prayer in the Christian world.

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The change will only affect Catholics, as Protestants and Anglicans refer to differing religious texts for the prayer.

Pope Francis leads Easter Mass. Photo: Getty

Though only just made public, the changes were approved on May 22 at the General Assembly of the Episcopal Conference of Italy.

The changes to the Messale Romano (also known as the Italian Missal) -- the liturgical book containing the texts and rubrics for Mass used by the Roman Catholic Church -- has been a 16-year undertaking.

“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," said President Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, of the General Assembly.

A third edition of the Messale Romano with the updated prayer will be released within months.