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Religion-themed domain addresses among those up for bids — ICANN


Even the Catholic Church is joining the race for top-level domains (TLDs) on the Internet, with a request for the TLD name .catholic, a tech site reported Saturday.
 
Mashable said .catholic was part of nearly 2,000 new generic TLDs the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers released on Wednesday.
 
"The Catholic Church’s unified voice — and pocketbook — may have been an advantage. There were no applications for .protestant, .lutheran, .baptist or .anglican. Nor were there any applicants for .jewish, .hindu or .buddhist," it said.
 
But other religions have also made bids for a TLD - a Turkish company made one application for .islam and .halal.
 
Mashable also noted IRI Domain Management, LLC applied for .mormon and .lds referring to the Church of Latter Day Saints.
 
Should they be approved, the new gTLDs can be used at the end of web addresses like the present-day .com, .org, .edu, .gov, and .net.
 
On the other hand, Mashable noted ICANN’s domain list may be the only place where .church comes right before .cialis, for which pharmaceutical manufacturer Eli Lilly and Co. applied.
 
Meanwhile, Mashable cited a religion-oriented blog that listed prospective religion-related TLDs applied for with ICANN.
 
  • BIBLE (American Bible Society)
  • CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network)
  • CHRISTMAS (Uniregistry Corp.)
  • CHURCH (Life Covenant Church and Holly Fields)
  • FAITH (dot Faith Limited)
  • ISMAILI (Aga Khan Foundation)
  • KOSHER (Kosher Marketing Assets LLC)
  • YOGA (Victor Falls, LLC; Top Level Domain Holdings Limited; Uniregistry, Corp.)
— ELR, GMA News
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