The Vatican on Wednesday denied reports that it had bought the web domain vatican.xxx to prevent internet pornographers from using it.

Papal spokesman Father Federico Lombardi referred to reports that the Holy See had purchased the domain to “protect itself from improper use (of the domain) given that the suffix ‘.xxx’ is designated for adults only sites.”

“In reality the domain is listed as unavailable, hence it has effectively been bought by someone, but not the Vatican,” Lombardi was quoted as saying by the ANSA news agency.

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