Did you know that the internet has a patron saint? Of course it does! Declared by Pope John Paul II in 1997, Isidore of Seville (not to be confused with Saint Isidore the farmer who is the patron saint of farmers and laborers) is the patron saint of our beloved internet. And there’s a pretty good reason for it.
You see, back in early 7th century, Isidore of Seville tried to record every single knowledge ever known in an encyclopedia! He eventually made it (even though it was published after his death) – his twenty-book opus, called Etymologiae, was considered as the encyclopedia of all human knowledge for more than a thousand years.
Etymologiae was written in simple Latin and it contained everything one wanted to know: from 28 types of common noun to the garments worn by prostitutes. Pretty much like today’s wikipedia! (the article continues after the ad)
It’s important here to note though that many people still have their doubts about Isidore of Seville and don’t consider him a “real” saint as he didn’t go through a traditional canonization process; he was simply declared a saint by Pope John Paul II.
But hey, since the Pope is infallible, Isidore of Seville will be the best thing you are going to get if your internet connection goes down.
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Sources: Patron Saint for the Internet, Isidore of Seville | Profile: Saint Isidore – the Patron Saint of the Internet | Prostitution, Sexuality, and the Law in Ancient Rome