Pope 'begs forgiveness' from child abuse victims

Pope Francis. Credit: Reuters

Pope Francis has "begged forgiveness" from victims of child abuse for the "sins" of church leaders who failed to respond to the abuse.

The Pope told abuse survivors at a meeting that the Catholic Church "must weep and make reparation" for what it did.

He said the church's past attitude towards sexual abuse was "camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained".