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New Internet domain extension for Catholic institutions

Wednesday 6 April 2016, by SIGNIS

Rome, April, 6th, 2016 (RadioVatican). The Secretariat for Communications announced a new web initiative: a dedicated office – DotCatholic – to inform and engage the worldwide virtual community with Catholic doctrine, preaching, and ethos.

This new Internet domain extension will only be used by organisms, institutions, communities, dioceses, religious orders, associations, universities, NGO’s, hospitals and other entities linked with the Catholic Church.

This name has been chosen in order to give the Church a better visibility on line. It will also work as a sort of “label” for the web user, because this domain will assure him that he visits a Catholic website.

Please find Vatican Radio’s English translation of the statement from the Secretariat, below

At the invitation of the Secretariat of State of the Holy See, the Secretariat for Communications has established a Bureau called “DotCatholic” with the purpose of utilizing a generic Internet domain extension (.catholic) of the first level, in order to share the teachings, the message and the values of the Catholic Church with the broader global community in Cyberspace.

The former director of Vatican Radio’s Information Technology department, Eng. Mauro Milita, has been named head of the new working group, which counts 7 IT technicians on its staff.

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