Pope Francis has called for a translation of a phrase about temptation in the Lord’s Prayer to be changed.

The current wording that says “lead us not into temptation” is not a good translation because God does not lead humans to sin, he says.

His suggestion is to use “do not let us fall into temptation” instead, he told Italian TV on Wednesday night.

Now, I don’t speak Latin or Greek, so I can’t comment whether the Lord’s Prayer has been mistranslated, but the translation has been around for yonks and I don’t think anyone’s got problems with the said phrase or (apart from Gnostics) really thinks that God occasionally moonlights as Satan.

It all reminds me of an old joke:

A business delegation from America comes to visit the Pope with a proposal.

“Holy Father, if you could amend the Lord’s Prayer to say ‘give us this day our daily bread and Coca-Cola’, we will donate $100 million each year to the Vatican.”

“No, that’s not possible.”

“OK, $500 million.”

“Gentlemen, this really is not possible.”

“OK, Holy Father, you really twisted our arm; $1 billion it is.”

“Gentlemen, you have misunderstood me; this really is not negotiable.”

The businessmen leave the Vatican disappointed, one murmuring to another: “Those fucking bakers must be paying a fortune.”