I know The Pontifical Council for Social Communications is happy to make this announcement:
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, has been allowing entities to apply for ownership of hundreds, and soon thousands, of new domain names such as .london, .insurance and .xbox, among others.
The Pontifical Council for Social Communications. . . recently received confirmation that it will control the new Internet address extension .catholic and decide who is allowed to use it.
The Vatican will run .catholic and its equivalents in other languages using Latin letters, as well as the equivalent of the word “Catholic” in the Cyrillic, Arabic and Chinese alphabets.
Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the social communications council [says] “We are very happy the approval has been achieved, but there is still a lot of work to do before it goes live.”
…There are still bureaucratic kinks to iron out, like contracts to sign, technical trials to run and clear guidelines to set up for potential users of the domain name.
[Tighe relates that] the Vatican plans to allow “institutions and communities that have canonical recognition” to use the extension, “so people online — Catholics and non-Catholics — will know a site is authentically Catholic.”
Unfortunately you won’t be seeing any Anchoress.Catholic (or CryWoof.Catholic or WimpyCatholic.Catholic or a IHavetoSitDown.Catholic) but that’s okay. I still think it’s very cool that the Vatican is in control of the .Catholic domain.