The son of Joe Biden, the US Vice-President, has died. Joseph Robinette "Beau" Biden III (February 3, 1969 – May 30, 2015) was an American attorney, an officer in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps (JAG), and politician from Wilmington, Delaware. He died of brain cancer, at age 46 on 30 May 2015. Beau Biden was a rising star of US politics but suffered health problems in recent years. He had intended to run for Delaware state governor in 2016.
"The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words", the vice-president said.
In a statement, President Barack Obama said: "Michelle and I are grieving tonight."
"Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched - and he lives on in their hearts." Beau Biden was diagnosed with brain cancer in August 2013 and underwent treatment. However, the cancer returned earlier this year.
Announcing the death in a statement, the vice-president said: "It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life."
Beau served in Iraq in 2009. He was in office
January 2, 2007 – January 6, 2015. His wife was Hallie Biden
and they had two children Natalie and Hunter.
Beau's parents were Joseph Biden, Jr. and Neilia Hunter. He served the United States Army from 2002–2015
He was a member of the Democratic Party and the older son of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and older step-son of Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden. In his early life his mother and younger sister, Naomi Christina Biden, (pictured below) were killed in an automobile accident in 1972.
Beau and his brother Hunter were seriously injured. He and his brother encouraged his father to marry again, and Jill Jacobs became their stepmother in 1977. His half-sister Ashley was born in 1981. Joe Biden took oath of office as senator for Delaware by his son Beau's hospital bed in 1973. Joe Biden has said, "Beau embodied my father's saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did," he said, adding: "We know that Beau's spirit will live on in all of us."
"Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known," the statement ended.
Please pray for the repose of his soul and his family.
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says that Holy Trinity Sunday exhorts us to live “one with the other”, to “welcome the beauty of the Gospel message” and to learn to ask forgiveness.
Speaking on Sunday morning during the Angelus to some 50,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope also spoke of the need of ecclesial communities to become ever more “family”.Marking the liturgical feast of Holy Trinity Sunday, the Pope reminded those present that it is celebrated in honor of the most fundamental of Christian beliefs, the mystery of the three Persons of God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, — who are all equally God, and cannot be divided, the Pope said this solemnity renews in us “our own mission to live in communion with God and with each other”.
He said: “We are not called to live without the other, above or against the other, but with the other, for the other and in the other”.
This – the Pope said - means welcoming and bearing witness to the beauty of the Gospel; loving each other, sharing joy and suffering, learning how to forgive”.
And referring specifically to ecclesial communities, he said they are called to be ever more family, “capable of reflecting the splendor of the Trinity and of evangelizing, not with words alone, but with the strength of God’s love that lives within us”.
Explaining to those present that the Holy Spirit “guides us towards full knowledge of Christ’s teachings”, and that Jesus “came to the world to acquaint us with the Father”, everything in Christian life – he said – revolves around the mystery of the Trinity”:
“So let’s pitch our lives high, remembering for which glory we exist, we work, we fight, we suffer; and in which immense prize we are called to participate in”.
And the Pope invited all those present to make the sign of the cross together saying out loud: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”.
Concluding, Pope Francis prayed to Our Lady to help the Church “to always be a hospitable community where every person, especially the poor and the marginalized, may find a warm welcome”.
After the Angelus Prayer the Pope recalled that the traditional Corpus Domini procession will be held in Rome this coming week.
He invited everyone to join in this “solemn act of public faith and love for Jesus” on Thursday, when the procession will take place between the Rome Basilicas of St. John Lateran and Saint Mary Major.