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St. Isidore of Seville
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Religious Figure
    (circa 560-April 4, 636)
    Born in Cartagena, Spain
    Proposed patron saint of the internet
    Bishop of Seville for 40 years
    Wrote ‘Etymologiae,’ the first European encyclopedia and a standard reference work for 900 years
    Represented by bees, a pen and a book
    Feast day is April 4
    He was little known before the Vatican's proposal to make him the protector of web users (1999).
    His powerful family was related to the Visigoth rulers that took over Spain.
    The proposal to choose a patron saint for the internet was much joked about in the media.
    One of his early competitors for internet patronage was St. Clare, patron saint of television.
    Much of his encyclopedia was unverified material taken from Roman sources.
    He is better known as a compiler of other people’s ideas than an original thinker.
    He supported penalties against Jews who did not convert.
    He was raised by a strict older brother who locked him in a cell for neglecting his schoolwork.
    His 20 volume encyclopedia has been compared to a modern database.
    He tried reconciling the Spanish people and their Visigoth conquerors to keep the country united.
    He fought to keep literacy and learning alive when Europe was being overrun by barbarians.
    His three siblings Leander, Fulgentius and Florentina became saints too.
    Vinton Cerf, one of the founders of the internet, said, ‘Considering all the challenges facing the Internet, having a patron saint doesn’t sound like a bad idea.’
    Prayer for internet users:
    Almighty and eternal God, who created us in Thy image and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful, especially in the divine person of Thy only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee that, through the intercession of Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor, during our journeys through the internet we will direct our hands and eyes only to that which is pleasing to Thee and treat with charity and patience all those souls whom we encounter. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Credit: Georgina


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