In the XIX century there were 12 Christian printing presses in Tamilnadu. The M.E.P fathers felt the need to have a press for their mission so they appealed to the French government to start a press. The French government not only gave permission but also donated the printing machine and ink to start a press. It was Fr.Dupuis M.E.P who started the catholic press in Pondicherry and named it as Mission Press. Fr. Dupuis got printed 125 books, the most significant among them are the Tamil classical books like Thembavani (3.Vols) dictionaries, moral and catechetical books.
The Mission press gave birth to ‘Sarvaviabi’ a century old serving catholic weekly of the Indian languages. The need for the formation of the conscience of the faithful through a weekly newspaper was felt during the episcopate of Msgr.Gandy. So bearing the name of ‘Sarvaviabi’ the Catholic Tamil weekly was started on 01.3.1907 with Fr. Paul Veaux as its first editor. Today having crossed a century in printing, ‘Sarvaviabi’ is marching towards the second century in conscientizing the faithful at large.
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