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Saudis object to Vatican bid for '.catholic' internet domain

CWN - August 16, 2012

Saudi Arabia has entered an objection to the Vatican’s bid for a new “.catholic” internet domain.

In an appeal to ICANN, the international body that controls internet domains, Saudi officials argued that the Vatican “cannot demonstrate that it possesses a monopoly over the term ‘Catholic.’” The information-technology commission of the Islamic kingdom claimed that other Christian groups, including the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox churches, also use the term “Catholic.”

The Saudi commission sent ICANN over 150 objections to proposed internet domain names, for a variety of reasons. The Vatican had proposed the “.catholic” designation as a top-level domain name, which would be controlled by the Holy See.

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  • Posted by: tturner3998 - Aug. 16, 2012 5:22 PM ET USA

    Perhaps the Orthodox should be grateful to their Saudi brothers for so ardently sticking up for their right to call themselves catholic. would that it were true. Maybe the Saudis want to be catholic. Even better!

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