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Beau Biden, oldest son of Vice President Biden, dies of brain cancer

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Beau Biden, a Catholic who was former attorney general of Delaware and the oldest son of Vice President Joe Biden, died Saturday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda of brain cancer. He was 46.

In a statement posted on the younger Biden's website, the family said: "It is with broken hearts that [we] 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."

Archbishop urges prayers for victims of 'tragic train derailment'

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Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput Wednesday urged prayers for all affected by the Amtrak train derailment in the city's Port Richmond neighborhood that left at least six people dead and injured more than 200 others.

"I urge all people of goodwill to join me in extending prayerful condolences to those mourning the sudden loss of a loved one and in asking the Lord to bring healing to all those suffering physical and emotional anguish in the wake of this incident," he said in a statement.

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