The climax will be marked in two separate days, May 29 for the pupils and students in schools and June 3 for the adults, a move the Ugandan Prelate has said is “born out of the concern for the children in and out of school so as to give them a chance to participate fully and actively.”
“Due to increased attendance on 3rd June, it was recognized that pupils and students hardly attended the event,” Bishop Jjumba noted in the statement and added, “The Uganda Episcopal Conference has always desired to decongest 3rd June. This could be one of the ways and Masaka is to pioneer it on the 29th of May.”
To mitigate the impact that the celebrations will have on the environment, the Bishop stated in the February 27 statement that in remembrance of the 24 Ugandan martyrs, “pilgrims on foot will plant 24 trees in every parish where they rest,” a move that heeds to Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home in his Encyclical Letter, Laudato si’.
As an ecological memory of the martyrs, the Bishop revealed that at the close of the celebrations at Namugongo, “each diocese will be given a tree to plant as a memory of the martyrs’ day of 2020 and a permanent reminder of planting trees and protecting our environment.”