The Vatican is in line to control the new Internet address extension “.catholic” and decide who is allowed to use it.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which coordinates the assignment of Internet domain names and addresses around the world, announced the Vatican’s application June 13.

The corporation is overseeing a huge expansion in the number of Internet extensions beyond the standard .com, .org., .edu and .gov.

Msgr. Paul Tighe, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said the Vatican’s ability to control the domain .catholic “will be a way to authenticate the Catholic presence online.”

The Vatican plans to allow “institutions and communities that have canonical recognition” to use the extension, so people will know a site is authentically Catholic.