Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Donate to Peter's Pence: Online!

Zenit has a neat story on the Vatican accepting donations for Peter's Pence online.

Here's the website. One can mail donations in. Or fax a credit-card number over. Or give online. [Or, oh how dreary and mundane, give to the second collection whenever it is taken up.]

The neat thing? The server on which this page resides is called "isidoro.vatican.va" [Isn't that your patron, Izzy?]

Though, frankly, putting a check in the mail and addressing it to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has a certain thrill about it ...

6 comments:

St. Elizabeth of Cayce said...

Though, frankly, putting a check in the mail and addressing it to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has a certain thrill about it ...

One longs for the good old days when paper checks were returned by banks. You'd have a papal relic in your very own home after framing the endorsed check.

Gashwin said...

What a thought! Though, technically, it wouldn't necessarily be a "relic" a) unless the Pope in question were canonized and b) it had actually been in his presnce :)

St. Elizabeth of Cayce said...

One assumes that His Holiness would have personally signed it. Otherwise, why not donate via PayPal? 8-)

But then, one forgets that the "youth of today" have never gone through stacks of checks returned each month from the bank, looking for notes in the endorsement box...

Liz,
feeling old...

St. Izzy said...

Isidoro!

Yes, he IS my patron (whether he wants the job or not). It looks like someone over in the Vatican IT Department has a sense of humor. Either that, or this is their way of lending support to the rumors that have been circulating since 1999. Cf.:
http://www.catholic.org/saints/isidore.php

Although the picture here is better:
http://www.catholic-forum.com/saints/sainti04.htm

I think that when they started looking for a Patron of the Internet, someone remembered the Etymologies -- THE encyclopedia of the Medieval period and early Renaissance -- and realized that it makes a nice model for the internet. Both contain every tiny, abstruse bit of information known to people of their day; both are consulted by people looking for quick answers; and both are of spotty reliability.

I suppose that now, more than half a decade later, thatt line of thought makes him a much better patron of the Wikipedia.


Pax,
Izzy
whose students have been known to edit the Wikipedia for fun

Gashwin said...

Gashwin <---- thrilled to be thought of as the "youth" of the day ... :)

chez said...

a bigger thrill is in store when you donate money online( however small the amount). You get a personal letter duly signed( but, i think this is a printed signature...) by the Pope!( sent to you by the papal nuncio in your country). I have one already...just give it a shot :)