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Colombo Catholic Press

The Colombo Catholic Company- a Lay Catholic enterprise; started a printing press in 1865 by Mr. Juan Fernando of Mutwal with the primary purpose of printing matter necessary for the administration work of the Catholic Church, mainly in the Colombo Diocese and also other Dioceses in the Island. In the 1866 this enterprise launched the Gnanartha Pradeepaya a news paper published in the sinhala language - the local language of majority sinhala people in the island.