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A vicars' pension scheme could be facing a precarious future unless church chiefs face up to a potentially massive deficit. John Ralfe, an independent pension expert, claimed this week that the pension scheme for some 16,400 Church of England clergy is "the riskiest in the country in terms of asset-type".

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The coffin of Baroness Thatcher is brought up Ludgate Hill

Pomp, grandeur and even a little joke – how a ceremonial funeral took the life of Margaret Thatcher beyond politics and back down to humanity

If nothing else the sheer classiness of the route for Margaret Thatcher's last journey was of a piece with the grandeur of the occasion.

The coffin containing the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrives for the ceremonial funeral at St Paul's Cathedral

'Lying here, she is one of us': A selection of quotes as last respects paid to Margaret Thatcher

Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres: "After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy, there is a great calm."

The coffin containing the body of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrives for the ceremonial funeral at St Paul's Cathedral

Margaret Thatcher funeral: Political giants pay tribute to former prime minister at St Paul's Cathedral

A “who's who” of the political world past and present packed into St Paul's Cathedral for the ceremonial funeral of one of Britain's most divisive figures.

'We are all Thatcherites now': David Cameron leads tributes to Margaret Thatcher and defends funeral costs

Osborne shows his emotions as Bishop of London delivers funeral address

Map: Margaret Thatcher funeral route

1. The funeral procession will begin from the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster.

A protester during a party in Trafalgar Square at the weekend celebrating Lady Thatcher’s death. A full military rehearsal for the funeral took place in the early hours of this morning in preparation for Wednesday

Thatcher funeral: Police plan to arrest protesters under 'draconian' Public Order Act

Campaigners reacted angrily last night after Scotland Yard suggested protesters should consider avoiding Baroness Thatcher’s cortège – because they face arrest under a controversial public order law.

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Ed Miliband had a broken wrist when he delivered Thatcher tribute in Commons

Ed Miliband was on pain killers when he delivered his parliamentary tribute to Margaret Thatcher, it emerged today.

The Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, is known for his outspoken views

Margaret Thatcher's funeral: Maverick bishop's sermon will not be vetted by No 10

Officially, there will be no political eulogy at Baroness Thatcher's funeral. But when the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Richard Chartres, clambers up to the pulpit of St Paul's Cathedral to deliver the sermon on Wednesday, there will be some who will be holding their breath to see what he comes out with.

Coptic Pope rebukes Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi over clashes at cathedral

The leader of Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox Church has criticised the Islamist President over his handling of recent deadly sectarian violence, including an attack on the main cathedral in Cairo.

Funeral will be a 'ceremonial' service in line with Baroness Thatcher's wishes

Baroness Thatcher’s last act of political choreography will be her funeral, which was agreed with her before her death.

A view of the cathedral's interior

Tuscany's Gate of Heaven opens its doors

The interior of Siena’s Duomo has drawn visitors to the Tuscan cathedral for centuries to wonder at one of the world’s most intricately decorated religious buildings.

Pope Francis washes the feet of a prisoner at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre

Pope washes feet of young offenders in prison - including two women - in traditional Easter ritual

Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of 12 young offenders at a Rome detention centre yesterday – and for the first time included two women in the traditional Easter ritual.

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