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Airliner tragedy ‘the outcome of a trail of human evil’

The downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 last week was the outcome of a trail of human evil, according to Bishop Peter Comensoli, apostolic administrator of the archdiocese of Sydney.

Bishop Comensoli told a grieving congregation of more than 2000 people – including Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove – at St Mary’s Cathedral on Sunday that the shooting down of MH17 was not an innocent accident.

“In the targeting and destruction of flight MH17, and the loss of 298 innocent lives, the shocking effects of our fallen humanity have once again confronted the world,” Bishop Comensoli said.

“Yet, evil is inevitably exposed in the light of day. It is a harrowing image to see fields of crops in Eastern Ukraine strewn with human remains and wreckage.”     [Full Story]

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