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Sydney Religious Sister in MH17 tragedy


By Catholic Communications, Sydney Archdiocese

A Sydney Catholic nun was among the 28 Australians known to have died in the Ukrainian Malaysian Airlines MH17 disaster which killed all 298 on board.

Sister Philomene Tiernan was a member of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart. She was also a much loved staff member of the Catholic girls' school Kincoppal-Rose Bay School.

Devastated by the news that Sister Philomene was among those killed, staff and students held a special liturgy at the school this afternoon.

The Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Sydney, Bishop Peter A Comensoli said today like all Australians he was shocked and deeply saddened by the tragedy and huge loss of life.

He offered his prayers and condolences to all those who died, their families and friends including the Sisters of the Sacred Heart for the loss of Sister Philomene.

Sister Philomene's contribution to teaching, the wider community and her work with the Archdiocese was highly regarded.

Mass at St Mary's Cathedral this Sunday, 20 July at 10.30am, will remember all those who died and their friends, families and colleagues. The Mass will be attended by the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove, the Prime Minister Hon Tony Abbott and Mrs Abbott along with community and civic leaders. Bishop Peter said all are welcome at the Cathedral to join in the prayers of remembrance and call to peace.

Tonight it was confirmed 28 Australians and as many as 108 of the world's leading HIV/AIDS researchers, scientists, community leaders and advocates are among all of those killed on board the Malaysian Airlines MH17 which was shot down over Eastern Ukraine early this morning.

Read full report at the Sydney Archdiocesan site

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