PM speaks of national anguish for MH17 victims


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Sister Philomene Tiernan.

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Twenty-eight of the 298 people on the plane apparently shot down in eastern Ukraine on Thursday were Australians, while eight more were permanent residents of the country.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who on Sunday attended the Mass of Remembrance and Call for Peace at Sydney's St Mary's Cathedral, spoke of the nation's anguish.

The Prime Minister said there would hardly be any Australians who hadn't been emotionally touched by the tragedy.

"You look at the faces of the dead and they're your neighbours, they're your friends, they could be your kids because let's face it, we are a people who like to travel," he told the ABC.

Bishop Peter Comensoli, who led the Mass at St Mary's Cathedral, said the downing of MH17 was not an accident, but 'the outcome of a trail of human evil'.

Sister Philomene Tiernan, 77 - who had been associated with Sydney's Kincoppal-Rose Bay School, teaching thousands of students over more than 30 years - was among the victims of the MH17 tragedy.

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Sydney school devastated over loss of Sr Philomene

Sister Philomene Tiernan was remembered as a much-loved friend and teacher at Kincoppal.

Hilary Johnston-Croke, who is principal of Kincoppal, described Sister Philomene as her mentor.

"Phil was a very much loved staff member and friend,' she said. "She contributed greatly to our community and she touched the lives of all at KRB in such a positive and meaningful way."

Year 3 to Year 12 students from the school were informed of her death on Friday with a group of the children performing a liturgy for their teacher.

Sister Philomene had been attending a retreat in France, Mrs Johnston-Croke said. Anthony Cleary, director of religious education at the NSW Catholic Education Office, said Sister Philomene will be missed by members of her congregation.

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