We Strike Gold!

In the words of appreciation by Alberto Núñez Feijóo, President of the Autonomous Community of Galicia:

 The above is taken from his letter to the Associations of Friends of the Camino de Santiago – of which XirCammini is part – on being awarded the Casteleo Medal.

The Castelao Medal is awarded by the Galician Government to people and organisations in recognition of exceptional work they do from which the Galician region benefits.

Pilgrimage Tips from the Jacobean Council

The following is a translated excerpt from the latest meeting (25th June) of the Jacobean Council regarding re-commencing the Camino.

“The Executive Commission of the Jacobean Council held its second meeting on June 25 during the health crisis with the aim of preparing the Camino de Santiago before its re-activation in the “new normality”.

The importance of offering the pilgrim information on the new situation of the Camino de Santiago during the health crisis was one of the prevalent conclusions of the Commission.

To this end, we highlight:

https://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/consejo-jacobeo/en/para-el-peregrino.html

Recommendations for the Camino de Santiago during the health crisis COVID-19

The Jacobean Council includes in this section all the recommendations that may be useful for pilgrims and all agents of the Camino de Santiago during the health crisis with the aim of minimizing the risks of contagion. The fulfillment of all these recommendations will contribute to allow the continuity of the Camino during the duration of the pandemic.

It is necessary to take into account that, in the state of new normality, each Autonomous Community can establish its own rules regarding capacity restrictions, group activities, public transport, etc. which can be consulted in the links in the right column.

If you are thinking of doing the Camino, download these tips to help you on your pilgrimage:

Before Departing
On the Camino
Applicable to the Albergue

Conclusion

Where in doubt please always err on the side of prudence. The Camino has been with us for centuries and will be with us after this episode. Life is more fragile.

Buen Camino.

A message from San Juan Bautista, Granon

We received a message from Ms. Marina Saiz,  the person responsible for the running of the much-loved San Juan Bautista albergue in Grañon, in La Rioja, in Spain.

The following is a paraphrase of it:

“Due to the pandemic of Covid-19, we are not going to open the albergue
this summer. Since we are first and foremost a parish, and our priority is to protect the health and well-being of our elderly parishioners in Grañón. 

Therefore, we feel obliged to ask you if you could please warn pilgrims of the risk they inadvertently pose to our elderly parishioners who stand to suffer from a fresh outbreak of Covid-19. Therefore if you were still planning to undertake a Camino this year we please ask you to reconsider.”

Changes to Home Page

On the homepage we have added 2 ‘quick-link’ icon. One is the Logo of the Associations of the Way of St James and the other to the Universal Peace Walk.

Associations of the Way of St. James

XirCammini is proud to announce its corroboration with the Associations of Friends of the Way of St. James, joining the ranks of over 150 Camino associations emanating from all 5 continents and committed to servicing the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

You can find us by typing in Malta on the directory of the Association of the Friends of the Way:

https://www.caminodesantiago.gal/en/discover/associations-of-the-way/directory-of-associations

The Associations of the Friends of the Way of St. James know their beginning in 1950. It was first founded in Paris by a group of historians of art, archivists and specialists in medieval literature; all eager to propagate the long history of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, its manifestations and the role it had played in the evolution of Europe.

Read more about this either by clicking the link on our home page or here:

https://xircammini.org/friends-of-the-way-malta/

Universal Peace Walk 1543 AD

A date has been set for Sunday 22nd November 2020, which is the weekend closest to the winter feast of Saint Catherine since the walk ends in the old parish church of Casale Sta. Katerina (present-day Zejtun).

We will continue to update this link with the latest news and announcements as we approach the event.

Life is a journey | keep walking | Keep smiling | Keep safe.

Friends of the Way, Malta

XirCammini is proud to announce its corroboration with the Associations of Friends of the Way of St. James, joining the ranks of over 150 Camino associations emanating from all 5 continents and committed to servicing the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

You can find us by typing in Malta on the directory of the Association of the Friends of the Way:

https://www.caminodesantiago.gal/en/discover/associations-of-the-way/directory-of-associations

The Associations of the Friends of the Way of St. James know their beginning in 1950. It was first founded in Paris by a group of historians of art, archivists and specialists in medieval literature; all eager to propagate the long history of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, its manifestations and the role it had played in the evolution of Europe.

The 1950 association in France was followed by a second, ion 1962, in Estrella and little by little, it continued to grow into a global force spread across all continents with the ultimate objective of and assisting pilgrims on the Camino.

The I International Congress of Associations of Friends of the Way of Saint James took place in Spain in 1987. Also in 1987, the Council of Europe in Strasbourg granted the badge of the First European Cultural Itinerary to the Way of Saint James, giving more meaning and impetus to the Associations of the Friends of the Way of St. James.

The earliest work of the Associations was the study and signposting of the Jacobean itineraries, together with the creation and administration of hostels and assistance of pilgrims. Other recurrent objectives include disseminating the historical and artistic features of the Jacobean pilgrimages.

The Associations also organise activities for their members: periodical meetings, walks, fraternal meals, information bulletins, the celebration of July 25 and, sometimes, purely cultural activities. All of these function based on volunteer work.

The over-riding priority of the Associations today is to attend to the pilgrims, providing them with the credential, information and assistance.

Read more about the Associations here: https://www.caminodesantiago.gal/en/discover/associations-of-the-way/associatons-of-friends-of-the-way