Yikes! Vatican.xxx sold to mystery buyer

A tapestry bearing a 1995 picture of late Pope John Paul II is displayed during a solemn celebration led by Pope Benedict XVI and attended by hundred of thousands where late Pope John Paul II was beatified in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in the fastest beatification in modern times. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni) Antonio Calanni

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(CBS) - A mystery buyer snatched up Vatican.xxx. No, it wasn't the Vatican.

In a bizarre twist of fate, Vatican.xxx has been reserved with the ICM Registry. Meaning, the blasphemous URL will never be in business.

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Of course, the Vatican denies responsibility, although the Italian media alleges the city state joined businesses and universities in reserving the .xxx top-level domain.

"This domain is not available because it has been acquired by someone else, but not the Vatican," Reuters reports Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi's announcement on Vatican radio.

If not the Vatican, then who reserved the name?

According to the Who Is registry, Vatican.xxx was created on Dec. 1, which was nearly a week before the general public could buy the domain. During the "sunrise" and "landrush" period, only businesses, school, organizations or the adult industry were eligible to buy.xxx web addresses.

The general purchasing period was open to the public in Dec. 6.

For the sake of humanity, we'd like to think it was a chartable organization that had the foresight to see a potential nightmare. The world does not need Vatican.xxx to go live.

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