Roman Catholic Church Apologises for 'Terrible & Sinful' Abuses

The leader of the largest US Roman Catholic archdiocese has apologised for what he called a "terrible sin and crime" as the Church confirmed it would pay a record $660m to people who were sexually abused.

The archdiocese led by Cardinal Roger Mahony agreed to pay 508 victims, the largest-ever group settlement.

He said: "I have come to understand far more deeply that I ever could the impact of this terrible sin and crime that has affected their lives.