“… We take immense pleasure in inaugurating the St. Mary’s Hospital today, erected in Axum which is the heartland and source of Ethiopia’s great cultural heritage. We are happy about the presence of H.M. King Olav V here on this occasion.
“When We authorised the Foundation bearing Our name to build and administer this hospital, it was with the object not only of extending medical services to citizens in and around Axum but also that the institution would serve as a centre from which can emanate newer ideas and services in the areas of community development and social welfare.
“For that reason, We urge you doctors and personnel engaged in this hospital to serve those coming to your care with devotion, tolerance and exemplary goodwill.”
January 14, 1966