Social media may help choose patron saint of England

There are two camps in England when it comes to who would be the best patron saint, St Edmund or St George, and both are being promoted in a surprising way: Facebook. While George has been the preferred saint since Richard the Lionheart, Edmund is gaining support.

"Edmund is an indigenous Anglo-Saxon who died in defence of the Christian religion, whereas St George is a foreigner," said Clive Paine, a Suffolk historian, author and lecturer, and unlike many early saints, Edmund was a real person. George, of dragon-killing fame, is considered to be a myth. Another strong argument for Edmund is the fact that he is a unique saint in England, where George is the patron saint of 17 countries.

The debate continues.