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Margaret Thatcher arriving at 10 Downing Street on May 4, 1979

She believed also in truth, in faith, and in hope where there was despair; and she prayed for these things, too.

Pope Francis receives the gift of a book from Dr Schneider yesterday (CNS)

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Reagan and Thatcher in 1984 (AP Photo/Pool/Bill Rountree)

Along with President Reagan she helped to create a free Poland

Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan pictured in 1990 (Photo: PA)

Beyond politics she had many qualities that ought to command universal admiration

Heaven, as imagined in Baltimore CNS

It won’t be endless beer and jazz in the afterlife

Pope Francis receives the pastoral staff during Mass at St  John Lateran (AP)

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The Stigmatisation of St Francis (1594-95)

The richness of their theology is lost on the curators, though

Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi: as cool as a cucumber (AP)

Both Fr Lombardi and Pope Francis have the Jesuit gift of remaining calm under fire

Pope Francis's Twitter account, @Pontifex

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Mick and Mairead Philpott (Photo: PA)

Without the welfare state, he says, Philpott would have been ‘decently employed’. Maybe it’s more likely he would still have been a criminal?