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Vatican bids to own all ".catholic" internet domains
".catholic" will be among the new generation of online domain names and the Vatican wants full control over who can and cannot use it.
- Cindy Wooden
- United Kingdom
- June 14, 2012
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, a non-profit corporation that co-ordinates the assignment of internet domain names and addresses around the world, announced the Vaticanâs formal application today in London.
The corporation is overseeing a huge expansion in the number of internet extensions beyond the standard .com, .org., .edu and .gov. The extensions formally are known as generic top-level domains. The assignment of country-code top-level domains, like the Vaticanâs own .va, will not be affected by the change.
Mgr Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said that the Vaticanâs application to control the top-level domain .catholic âis a recognition of how important the digital space is for the Churchâ.
Controlling the domain âwill be a way to authenticate the Catholic presence onlineâ, Mgr Tighe said. The Vatican plans to allow âinstitutions and communities that have canonical recognitionâ to use the extension, âso people online â Catholics and non-Catholics â will know a site is authentically Catholicâ.
The Vatican does not plan to allow individual bloggers or private Catholics to use â.catholicâ, Mgr Tighe said. Use of the domain would be limited to those with a formal canonical recognition: dioceses, parishes and other territorial church jurisdictions; religious orders and other canonically recognised communities; and Catholic institutions such as universities, schools and hospitals.
Full Story:Â Vatican to control â.catholicâ internet domain
Source: Catholic Herald