No, Really – the Internet Has a Patron Saint

No, Really – the Internet Has a Patron Saint
April 15 08:54 2016 Print This Article

( – In 1997, Pope John Paul II decided that the internet could use a patron saint to guide Catholics in its proper use. He chose Saint Isidore of Seville (560-636), Doctor of the Church, and last of the Latin Fathers. His twenty-book opus (called Etymologia, after the subject title of one of the books), made him an easy choice. The word “etymology” was Isidore’s own coinage. It means “the study of origins.” Today, the term is limited to the history, or origin, of words. Interestingly enough, three other words that I know of owe their invention to saints: “utopia” and “integrity” to Saint Thomas More and “soliloquy” to Saint Augustine.

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(Should you desire to celebrate St Isidore’s Feast Day, we recommend heading to your local internet cafe for a scone on April 4th)

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