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25 July 2014

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Remembered: a vigil for the victims of flight MH17, in St Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday

Remembered: a vigil for the victims of flight MH17, in St Andrew's Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday

A MULTI-FAITH service was scheduled to be held yesterday at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, for the victims of last week's Malaysian Airlines disaster, writes Muriel Porter, Australia Correspondent. Thirty-seven Australian citizens and residents, including 18 from Victoria and Sister Philomene Tiernan RSCJ, a member of staff at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, Sydney, were among the dead.

Delegates travelling to Australia for the international HIV-AIDS conference, currently being held in Melbourne, also died in the crash.

The Archbishop of Melbourne, Dr Philip Freier, was due to preach at the service, which would be attended by members of the Dutch, Malaysian, Indonesian, British, Belgian, German, US, and Canadian communities.

Dr Freier assured those who were grieving of his prayers. "The tragic loss . . . reminds us that, in this globalised world, we are intimately connected with the suffering of people far away, and in conflicts we often don't understand."

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