|Vatican||HOLY SEE PONDERS PATRON SAINT FOR THE NET|
The Vatican is considering a move to create a patron saint of the Internet, according to press reports.|
The choice is thought to be St Isidore of Seville who died 1400 years ago. St Isidore is credited with creating the world's first database, a 20 volume encyclopedia.
The move has not yet been confirmed by the Vatican, but it has been rumoured for some time and the campaign by Internet users has been growing.
Spokesman for Dublin's Catholic Media Office Tom Hallwood supported the idea: "There has been no official statement from Rome but this has been an idea floating around for a while, so why not?"
The Vatican has not shied away internet technology. It has named its three servers after the archangels Raphael, Gabriel and Michael. The move to appoint a patron saint has been backed by net-Savvy Catholics in many countries, especially Spain. PA
Irish Times 1:17pm 15/6/99