Mark Greaves

Clerical Crowd

God’s management consultants: the Church of England turns to bankers for salvation

Justin Welby wants the C of E to focus on growth – and he’s enlisting bankers to help

Let there be light: Saint Peter’s at dawn

Rise early to see the Vatican at its best

The sun has only just risen in Rome and we are standing bleary-eyed in a short queue outside the Vatican.…


British watchmaking strikes again

The glorious resurgence of British watchmaking


The charity that could make you love social workers

The charity that could make the public love social workers– and why many social workers don’t like it

Inside The Victorian Graveyard Of The Glasgow Necropolis

Recycled graves – coming soon to a cemetery near you

For 150 years, Britain has tightly restricted the re-use of graves. That may be about to change

Quarr Abbey stock

Two months as a monk

A Benedictine monastery on the Isle of Wight is now accepting interns


‘We rot. Don’t we?’

A metaphysical conversation with Joanna Lumley


Spiritual athletics

Sister Catherine Holum, nun and former Olympic speed-skater, on the connections between sport and the religious life


Read more, speak less

Marilynne Robinson, Obama’s favourite contemporary novelist, says we all have a duty to raise our intellectual game


Let there be light

The bare brickwork of Westminster Cathedral’s ceiling was always meant to be covered in mosaic. Mark Greaves meets
Tessa Hunkin, who will bring the project to life


Wild Life

Bear Grylls on family, filming and how to pick up a snake


Hand of destruction

Mark Greaves talks to the artist Peter Howson about his latest commission and his demons