Domain Name Tale Comes To Satisfying End
The Vatican has had it’s prayers answered. The domain name PopeFrancis.com is theirs, if they choose to accept the extraordinarily generous gift, as a Chicago lawyer offers the domain name to the new Pope, Gratis.
Chris Connors, a Chicago-based lawyer, has come forward and has a not-so-remarkable tale to tell about how and why he came into possession of the domain that has occupied a lot of bandwidth lately.
A Chicago lawyer says he bought the domain name popefrancis.com as a lark in 2010 and plans to give it to the Roman Catholic Church for free now that the new pope has chosen the name Francis.
Chris Connors, 39, said he had hoped a pope in his lifetime would choose the name Francis, after Italian St. Francis of Assisi, who lived a simple life in service to the poor. But just as several cardinals, including Chicago’s Francis George, expressed surprise that the name Francis was chosen, so did Connors.
When Connors bought the domain name three years ago, for “just a couple bucks” a year through the domain name registrarGoDaddy.com, he didn’t have a plan for it. He bought it as a sort of bet with himself, secretly hoping that George would someday be guided by the Holy Spirit to the position of pope and keep his baptismal name.
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So, In a moment of prophetic passion, a domain name became the future legacy for the Catholic Church. Pretty powerful testimony to the power of Faith and Desire. Throw in a little Patience for good measure and dreams do come true. Let this be a lesson for us all!
Altruistic? Maybe. But the risk was, well… non-existent. Unless you consider yearly registration fees risky, which I do NOT.
Connors has been a contributing member of society and believes in Justice – as evidenced (pardon the pun) by his profession:
Connors, who is with the Connors Law Group and represents clients who are whistle-blowers, has long thought the selection of Francis for a pope’s name would be appropriate, because of the 13th-century saint’s much-needed message of simplicity and humility in today’s fast-paced world.
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Although he’s been contacted by several people interested in the domain, Connors said he wants to “give Pope Francis dibs first.” In the spirit of St. Francis, Connors doesn’t plan on asking for any compensation.
“(Cardinal George is) busy right now, so I left a message” at Holy Name Cathedral, Connors said. “I told him that if Pope Francis wants it, he’s got it. Especially in this age with social media, it might be helpful for him if he’s going to use it. I’d like to see it used.”
Is there a place now guaranteed in Heaven for Connors? Hard to say, but he will be indelibly written in the Whois records for the domain name PopeFrancis.com for all of virtual eternity.