Spanish pilgrim shrine blesses the Holy and the Digital

Don't have time to visit the shrine of Santiago de Compostela? Log in instead. "Armchair pilgrims" who cannot make the journey themselves now have the opportunity to light an electronic candle -- for a fee -- through a third-party website.

For 1.39 euros your candle will appear on an electronic board beside the shrine for anywhere from 11-31 minutes. The cathedral hopes to raise revenues with 500,000 digital offerings a year.

The digital candle operator, an internet start-up called mivela.com, operates electronic candle boards at several other Spanish churches.