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George was 'the dragon slayer' who became the patron saint of
Francis of Assisi loved nature and so he is patron saint of ecologists.
in the Middle Ages, patron saints were those spiritual aides who
helped bend the ear of the Almighty who might have otherwise
been engaged with war, disease and pestilence.
keeping with the tradition, the Vatican in Rome is expected soon
to name St. Isadore of Seville as the Patron Saint of Web Surfers.
Isidore is a natural choice as an icon of the Information Age.
He was the creator of the first primitive database, Etymologiae,
(Etymologies) a 20-volume
encyclopedia on subjects
ranging from art and animals to history and mathematics.
has already been named
'cyber protector' by religious and virtual Web communities in
Spain, and who are now fervently hoping that Rome will follow
present, St. Isidore is pitted against a real contender, San Pedro
Regaldo, a 15th century global navigator. Trailing behind in the
race for the title are the angel Gabriel, the bringer of messages,
and St. Anthony, the finder of lost possessions.