Have you noticed?

Yes, the main website of the Holy See, vatican.va, is down.   It was attacked by a anarchist “hacker” group.

There will be more of this sort of thing in the future.

Remember my

Litany for the conversion of internet thugs

(For private use only, when truly irritated, and when the alternative is foul language.)

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.

Lest internet thugs be eternally tormented by all the fiends of hell, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they pass eternity in utter despair, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they come to be damned for the harm they cause, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they roast forever in the deepest cinders of hell, convert them, O Lord.
Lest they suffer the unceasing pain of loss, convert them, O Lord.

Lest devils endlessly increase their physical agony, convert them, O Lord.
Lest devils twist their bowels and boil their blood in hell, convert them, O Lord.
Lest devils use them as their toys and tools, convert them, O Lord.
Lest devils gnaw on their skulls, convert them, O Lord.

Lest the innocent be harmed by their sins, convert them, O Lord.
Lest the innocent yield to them in weakness, convert them, O Lord.
Lest the innocent be drawn into their traps, convert them, O Lord.

From faceless Facebook admin drones, spare us O Lord.
From tweeting Twitter idiots, spare us O Lord.
From from heart-hardened spammers, spare us O Lord.
From blog combox trolls, spare us O Lord.
From rss feed problems, spare us O Lord.
From server memory resource difficulties, spare us O Lord.

From viruses, trojan horses, and all manner of snares, Lord save us.
From wasting our time, Lord save us.
From our own stupidity, Lord save us.

St. Isidore, defend us.
St. Francis de Sales, defend us.
St. Gabriel, defend us.
St. Michael, defend us.
Guardian angels, defend us.
All the angels and saints….. GRRRRR.

Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takest away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord,
Lamb of God who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

V. Christ, Jesus who died for our sins.
R. Return, and return swiftly.

Let us pray.
Almighty and eternal God,
who according to an ineffable plan
called us into existence to do your will
amid the vicissitudes and contagion of this world
grant, we beseech you,
through your mercy and grace
both to protect the innocent who use the tools of this digital age
and to convert from their evil ways all those who abuse them.
Through Christ our Lord.   Amen.

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  1. HyacinthClare says:

    I’m a CPA in tax practice. It’s March. An internet attack this afternoon has wiped out my server today. I’m using another office machine. The timing of this couldn’t be more appropriate.

  2. Geoffrey says:

    Perhaps this incident with encourage the Holy See to decide on who to officially name as the patron saint of the internet sooner rather than later!

  3. lh says:


  4. SKAY says:


    My computer is not behaving today–who knows why. Thank you for the prayer Father.

  5. Father G says:

    The website is back online! Deo gratias!!

  6. JayDeee says:

    Nope, still down.

    I went to daily Mass today. The pastor referred to the Jeremiah reading (Jer. 18:18-20) and to Jeremiah as a “type” of Christ, talking about the plot Jeremiah refers to, and saying that as we go deeper into Lent, as Jesus was approaching Holy Week, that there was evil coalescing, viz. people plotting to trap Jesus, as people were arranging plots against Jeremiah. The pastor made a slow stirring motion with his hands, as though stirring the surface of murky water with his fingertips, at “coalescing.” Kind of chilling.

    It bugs me that they managed to bring down vatican.va. Just recently I read an article about the unsuccessful attack on it during World Youth Day, and was pleased to see that the security was good enough to fend that off. Now this… :-(

  7. mamajen says:

    @JayDeee I read the same, and it was very impressive that they managed to ward off that earlier attack. No doubt the press coverage of that incident motivated the hackers to try even harder.

  8. Random Friar says:

    Back up for me, although a little slower than normal.

  9. Gregg the Obscure says:

    A fine time to mention Servant of God Leo Heinrichs, O.F.M. who was martyred by an anarchist/secularist while Fr. Heinrichs was celebrating Mass in Denver in Feburary of 1908. He came to the US because of religious persecution in Europe. St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Teresa Benedicta, Blessed Miguel Pro, Blessed Clemens von Galen, Servant of God Leo Henrichs, and all those persecuted by secularists ora pro nobis.

  10. xsosdid says:

    …even worse than squirrels …

  11. JayDeee says:

    @mamajen – Could be. :-(

    But, the site is back up for me, and pretty speedy – yay for very smart Vatican IT boffins!

  12. Father G says:

    @ JayDeee,
    Checked again. It’s still working.

  13. pinoytraddie says:

    All the angels and saints….. GRRRRR.

    WHAT? Is this the Way to Ask the Saints for Help?

  14. jfm says:

    Baptism = someone clicking on “I accept” for you
    Confirmation = you read the small print and click on “I accept”
    Confession = a thorough virus scan and purge
    Holy Communion = recharging one’s battery (the soul)
    Holy Orders = signing up to work at the Genius Bar of the soul
    Holy Matrimony = it’s not official until you change Facebook status to ‘married’
    Annointing of the Sick = frantically moving the mouse in a sign-of-the-cross pattern to try and bring life to a frozen screen

    Patron Saint of the Internet = St. Peter (you know, the fisherman who casts his world-wide-webbed net to catch us all)

  15. trad catholic mom says:

    Love that litany, I copied and pasted it to my journal.

  16. kallman says:

    what is the GRRRRR for after the invocation of all the saints?

  17. APX says:

    And here I thought they had it down to upgrade it to something more user-friendly and readable. Perhaps get a new colour scheme that actually uses a contrasting colour for the text and background.

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  19. Supertradmum says:

    We are all under attack and I have never thought that the electronic airways was quite under God’s control. But, as with all evil, God allows this. We cannot take our information sources for granted. God bless all involved in keeping the Vatican site up and running.

  20. irishgirl says:

    I could easily picture you gritting your teeth and praying this litany, Father Z; really and truly.
    Shame on the hackers who shut down the Vatican website!
    May the fleas of a thousand camels infest their armpits!
    GRRRR, indeed!

  21. PostCatholic says:

    It’s things like this that make the Zaganos of the world wonder about you, or don’t you realize?

  22. torch621 says:


    It’s posts like this that make the Catholics of the world pray for you, my good sir.

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