Blessing The Net

All of those viruses, Metallica MP3s, and Pamela Anderson JPEGs hurtling through cyberspace are enough to make a pious soul pray for help. Problem is, where to direct one's prayers? Some Catholic cybersurfers want to elevate St. Isidore of Seville to patron saint of the Internet. Supporters say the 6th century saint constructed the first database--called The Etymologies. He does have competition: San Pedro Regalado, a 15th century priest who, it is said, could be in two places at one time--a sort of medieval hyperlinker. So far, neither has clicked with the Vatican. In the past, however, thousands of patron saints have been designated by popular acclaim. Meanwhile, if you open the "I love you" virus, you might offer a prayer to St. Jude, patron saint of hopeless causes.

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