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This .catholic domain is available for Pre-Registration.

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.catholic Domain Information

Applicant Full Legal Name

Pontificium Consilium de Comunicationibus Socialibus (PCCS) (Pontifical Council for Social Communication)

Legal Establishment

PCCS is a Dicastery of the Holy See.

Applicant Address

Via della Conciliazione 5
Città del Vaticano (Vatican City State) 00120

State Jurisdiction

Dicasteries are departments of the administrative apparatus of the Holy See sovereign entity. The Holy See is the moral person which governs the Vatican City State and represents the Catholic Church in the International forum.

Applicant Website

Applied for gTLD


Mission/Purpose of Domain Extension

MISSION/PURPOSE OF THE .CATHOLIC TLD The mission/purpose of the .catholic TLD is to share the teachings, message and values of the Catholic Church with its own members and with the wider global community, by creating a dedicated, authoritative online space for the exclusive use of the Catholic... Read more


How do you expect that your proposed gTLD will benefit registrants, Internet users, and others? BENEFITS OF THE .CATHOLIC TLD There are four main beneficiaries of the .catholic TLD: 1. PCCS: The .catholic TLD will bring benefits to the PCCS by supporting its efforts to promote social... Read more

Operational Rules and Cost Benefits

What operating rules will you adopt to eliminate or minimize social costs (e.g., time or financial resource costs, as well as various types of consumer vulnerabilities)? What other steps will you take to minimize negative consequences/costs imposed upon consumers? INTRODUCTION All domain name... Read more

Is this a Community-based TLD?


Community Description Details

The .catholic TLD belongs to the category of community-based Top-Level Domains. The applicant is the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, henceforth referred to as "PCCS" (in Latin, Pontificium Consilium de Comunicationibus Socialibus). The PCCS is a Dicastery of the Holy See, the... Read more

Applicant Community Relationship

RELATION BETWEEN PCCS AND THE TLD CATHOLIC COMMUNITY: The Applicant, PCCS, is a Dicastery of the Holy See and thus is itself a member of the TLD Catholic Community. The PCCS is also an officially acknowledged representative of the Catholic Church in matters of social communications, as it is... Read more

Community-based Purpose

COMMUNITY-BASED PURPOSE OF THE APPLIED-FOR GTLD: The community-based purpose of the .catholic TLD is to enable the TLD Catholic Community to achieve the mission/purpose of the TLD, which is to: disseminate the teachings, message and values of the Catholic Church to its own members and to the wider... Read more

Domain Extension Community Relationship

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE APPLIED FOR GTLD STRING AND THE COMMUNITY IDENTIFIED IN 20(A): The term "Catholic" is universally and consistently used to designate the Universal Church, which is led by the Pope as the Supreme Pontiff, and the affiliated institutions and adherents of this Church. In its... Read more

Intended Community-based Registration Policies

DESCRIPTION OF THE APPLICANT'S INTENDED REGISTRATION POLICIES Eligibility: The eligibility to register a domain name within the .catholic TLD will be restricted to the PCCS and the PCCS alone. Use of a .catholic domain name may be granted at the sole discretion of the PCCS to an affiliate such as... Read more

Is this a Geographic-based TLD?


Protection of Geographic Names

We have engaged ARI Registry Services (ARI) to deliver services for this TLD. This response describes protection of geographic names as implemented by ARI. 1 PROTECTION OF GEOGRAPHIC NAMES In accordance with Specification 5 of the New gTLD Registry Agreement, the registry operator must initially... Read more