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Advent Calendar Day 5: St. Isidore of Seville, the Patron Saint of the Internet


With Pope Benedict XVI now on Twitter, he is now under the patronage of St. Isidore of Seville, the Patron Saint of the Internet.

St. Isidore of Seville was brother to Sta. Florentina whose local iconography is in the Lopez Museum Collection: http://on.fb.me/WIYttN
Saint Isidore of Seville (Spanish: San Isidro or San Isidoro de Sevilla, Latin: Isidorus Hispalensis) (c. 560 – 4 April 636) served as Archbishop of Seville for more than three decades and is considered, as the historian Montalembert put it in an oft-quoted phrase, “the last scholar of the ancient world”. Indeed, all the later medieval history-writing of Hispania (modern Spain and Portugal) was based on his histories.
Saint Isidore attempted to compile a summa of universal knowledge. This encyclopedia epitomized all ancient and contemporary learning. It preserves many fragments of classical learning, otherwise hopelessly lost. The fame of this work imparted a new impetus to encyclopedic writing, which bore abundant fruit in the subsequent centuries of the Middle Ages.
Saint Isidore of Seville died on 4 April 636 after serving more than three decades as archbishop of Seville. 
He was canonized a saint by the Roman Catholic Church in 1598 by Pope Clement VIII and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1722 by Pope Innocent XIII.
In Dante’s Paradise (X.130), he is mentioned among theologians and Doctors of the Church alongside the Scot Richard of St. Victor and the Englishman Bede the Venerable.
In the mid 2000s he was declared the patron saint of the Internet by the Vatican. He is also the patron saint of computers, computer users, and computer technicians.
The University of Dayton has named their implementation of the Sakai Project in honor of Saint Isidore.
An important part of his bones was buried in the cathedral of Murcia (Spain), where they are currently venerated.