|Internet||MORE CANDIDATES FOR PATRON SAINT OF THE INTERNET|
Following the Vatican's lack of endorsement of the choice of St Isidore at patron saint of the Internet, the competition is reported to be open to other contenders.
St Pedro Regaldo was a 15th-century Spanish priest, renowned as a navigator, who is said to have appeared two places at once. Another, Santa Tecla, was a Catalan religious figure said to be able to help people suffering from computer problems.
But St Isidore, subject of speculation last year, remains the favourite. Born in Seville in the sixty century, he compiled a 20-volume encyclopedia-like reference work called "The Etymologies" covering a wide range of religious and secular topics. Supporters have called this collection an early example of a database of categorized (if unreliable) information.
Commentators have questioned the relevance of the Vatican's endorsement, as most patron saints were informally adopted by the masses over the years, rather than formally appointed.