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Who Should Control .Church Websites?

Applicants have been revealed for new religious domain names, including .church, .bible, and .catholic.

As the Internet prepares for its biggest-ever expansion of domain names, more than a dozen potential domains revealed this week have religious connections.

On Wednesday, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) posted a list of the nearly 2,000 domain names for which various groups have applied. The new domains would open up website address endings beyond today's common ones such as .com and .net.

At a cost of $185,000 per domain application, many of the applicants were big corporations among the likes of Apple and Microsoft; some, including Amazon and Google, applied for multiple domain names.

But groups like the American Bible Society, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Social Communications have also paid the fee and applied for domain names (.bible, .cbn, and .catholic, respectively). The Catholic Church additionally applied for the equivalent of .catholic in Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic.

Other religiously-affiliated ...

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