Pope barred from buying .XXX domain -

His holiness, Pope 'Eggs' Benedict, is used to getting his own way, it is one of the advantages of being infallible. So, you can imagine that there is an unholy stink coming from the Vatican after the Pope's attempt to buy a porn domain name was scuppered by a dark satanic cyber squatter.

The Vatican said an unknown buyer had snapped up the internet address vatican.xxx, a domain combining its name with an extension reserved for pornographic content.

Father Federico Lombardi said on Vatican radio, which we listen to for absolution, that if they see content on vatican.xxx it was because it had been acquired by someone else, but not the Pope.

It looks like Vatican tried to acquire the domain in order to prevent such a site being taken over by an outfit specialising in fantasy flicks about nuns or something similar.

However Lombardi denied this, saying that the Vatican had not been going around registering the xxx domain to prevent its misuse. He must be telling the truth, lying is a sin although it must have been an angel who told him that vatican.xxx was taken.

The xxx domains are being launched this month for pornographic content and many companies and organisations have pre-emptively bought them so others cannot.