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Pope signs off on new Lord's Prayer words

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Pope Francis

By Sarah MacDonald

The 'Our Father' - one of the Catholic Church's most revered and best loved prayers - is set to change.

The move comes at the behest of Pope Francis, who believes its wording portrays God in a false light as the "one who leads you astray".

On Tuesday, the president of the Italian Bishops' Conference, Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, told Avvenire newspaper that Pope Francis had signed off on liturgical changes including a revision of the Lord's Prayer.

The move follows the French bishops' decision to make a similar change in 2017.

The 'Our Father' is one of the first prayers learned by children.

Its translation is derived from the Latin Vulgate, which was translated from ancient Greek by Saint Jerome in the late fourth century.

The revision relates to verse 13, which reads: "And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one."

Pope Francis has approved a change in the wording of "lead us not into temptation" to "do not let us fall into temptation".

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