XirCammini is a voluntary, non-profit making, non-denominational and non-sectarian membership organisation, open to all who support its aims, whose primary and over-riding objects are to research and advance knowledge and education about and generate interest in pilgrimages, hiking and/or faith travel focusing mainly on the ancient routes in Europe.
The name is an amalgamation of two words, one Semitic written in old Maltese ‘Xirca’, meaning society or confraternity, and the other ‘Cammini’, derived from Italian, meaning ‘Walks’.
XirCammini is registered with the Office of the Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations in Malta (VO1646). The name is also a registered trade mark 59214 belonging to the association and protected by law.
More information about XirCammini is available here.
The Universal Peace Walk: A Historical Context
Although the Universal Peace Walk was instituted by Bishop Domenico Cubelles in 1543, it was more of a socio-political peace walk and an ecumenical pilgrimage. Its aim was ‘Pro pace universali’. The word ‘ecumenical’ is derived from ancient Greek ‘oikoumenikos’ meaning ‘the whole inhabited world’ and is therefore universal in meaning. The Universal Peace Walk was first walked on the feast of St. Gregory, i.e. 12th March 1543, with the intention of universal peace in Europe, i.e. the old world. It was instituted after the failure of the council of Mantua in 1536 and in preparation of a new council in Trent in 1545.
More information about the historical context is available here.
Universal Peace Walk 1543AD® is registered as a trade name belonging to XirCammini and protected by law (Ref: 59214). XirCammini is a NGO registered in Malta, focusing on developing, sharing and walking ancient heritage trails as a common European heritage.
More news and information about XirCammini’s endeavours to re-generate the Universal Peace Walk 1543AD® are available here.
Malta Tourism Authority
The Malta Tourism Authority (MTA) was formally set up to strengthen the public and private partnership in tourism through greater and more direct participation by the private sector in national planning and development of the industry.
MTA’s vision is to achieve a healthy, sustainable and equitable tourism sector for the Maltese Islands ensuring that those who choose our destination are served with professionalism and care.
The Malta Tourism Authority is here:
- To promote and advance Malta as a tourism destination.
- To advise Government on tourism operations and to issue licences under the Act.
- To contribute toward the improvement of the level of human resources in the tourism industry.
- To advise government on the planning and development of the tourism industry as well as on the infrastructure supporting the industry.
- To assist and advise on any tourism-related issues and to undertake activities, events and projects to fulfil our role.
More information about the Malta Tourism Authority is available here.