"I do not believe that God can be tempted by evil or tempt anyone, so whenever I pray "lead us not into temptation", I am neither thinking nor implying he might tempt us, or that I am requesting him not to", he said.
Pope Francis speaks as he leads a special audience for a delegation of donors of the Christmas tree and the nativity scene set up in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, December 7, 2017.
French Catholics on Sunday accepted a new translation of the "Our Father", which now states, "do not let us fall into temptation".
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Pope Francis says the words in the "Lord's Prayer" - one of the most well-known prayers in Christianity - need to be tweaked. "God helps us get up", Francis said, per RT.
"My understanding was that it wasn't God who was responsible for leading us in a bad direction", he said, but he could sympathise with those who might see it that way. "But tradition and familiarity are also important factors in weighing up any decision to modify a translation".
Meanwhile the Rev Ian Paul, an Anglican theologian, told The Guardian that the pope's comments could make traditionalists nervous.
"In terms of church culture, people learn this prayer by heart as children. You fiddle with it at your peril".
The Lord's Prayer, which is memorized by millions of Christians across the world, appears in the New Testament of the Bible.