When I heard a girl killed herself by drowning at 19 years old because her husband was killed in a war, I said to my friends:

It is very sad to hear this news

I am wondering whether there are any differences in meaning if I said this instead:

I am very sad to hear this news

Thank you for your reading.

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    Both examples are correct English. The first is a general statement that you hope others agree with. The second is a personal statement expressing your feelings. I don't understand the reason for your uncertainty.
    – Mick
    Sep 25, 2016 at 18:18

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You could use it as in your example, but doing so makes the sentence passive, which may come across as a lack of concern or feeling regarding the news.

It would be OK to use it referring to the news, but it isn't when referring to yourself (or any person). Your first example is unclear about what it is actually referring to. You could say:

It was very sad news that I heard today.

The second one is basically OK, but sadden might be a better word as your feelings are ongoing, so:

I was really saddened to hear this news.

Both in the past tense since you heard the news in the past.

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