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Baroness Thatcher's funeral will be held next week  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

We have forgotten what this ceremony is about

Baroness Thatcher (Photo: PA)

Margaret Thatcher had her critics, Pope Francis can expect to have his too

Flowers laid outside the home of Baroness Thatcher in Belgravia (Photo: PA)

Unlike today’s posturing MPs, The Iron Lady was a conviction politician

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.

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

Along with President Reagan she helped to create a free Poland

Baroness Thatcher (Photo: PA)

In 1978 Catholic Herald editor Richard Dowden had an in-depth interview with Margaret Thatcher. We reproduce it in full here

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

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

Baroness Thatcher (Photo: PA)

Archbishop of Westminster says he is praying for the repose of her soul as well as for ‘the intentions of all those who now mourn her’

The fifth-century mausoleum of Galla Placidia is decorated with mosaics of Christ the Good Shepherd and eagles symbolising St John the Evangelist

If only David Cameron could enthuse about St Edward the Confessor, say, or St Bernadette of Lourdes

Lord St John, here in 1971 at a protest against anti-Semitism in Russia PA Archive/Press Association Images

Lord St John of Fawsley was a colourful and charming figure, but also a scholar and a tireless parliamentarian