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It is with great satisfaction that We remember, when over forty-four years ago, We established what was the beginning of this printing press in Our palace grounds, a land inherited from Our father and now given by Us to the University. Our aim then was two-fold: primarily as We have said on several occasions before, to create a centre for large scale translation, printing and distribution of the Scriptures, the Old and the New Testaments, and our religious books that were then available in Geez and only in manuscripts; so that the clergy, the monasteries and all the Christian population of Ethiopia would have an easy access to them. Secondly, to provide for our people adequate reading material so that they follow the day-to-day happenings both in other parts of the world and within Our own Empire. We are thankful to Almighty God for having enabled Us to witness this growth. Nov. 25, 1965