Patron Saint of the Internet

Catholic organizations ask the Vatican to name a saint for the web

| March-April 2000

In what is apparently not a Microsoft marketing ploy, two Catholic organizations have asked the Vatican to consider naming a patron saint of the Internet, writes Katherine Balpataky in Shift (Nov. 1999). The nominees? San Pedro Regalado, a 15th-century Catalonian priest who is said to have appeared in more than one place at a time, and Saint Isidore of Seville, whose 20-volume encyclopedia, Etymologies, represents the closest thing to the web the seventh century had to offer.