Jánoshalma is a town of about 10,000 inhabitants in southern Hungary, where about 3% of the population belong to the Rom ethnic group and social integration is a burning issue. It was the last town that conferred honorary citizenship to Chiara Lubich while she was still alive, in February 2008.
Within this context, last 7 October the Dice of Peace installation was inaugurated in Chiara’s birthplace, Trent.
The Dice was installed in the park in the centre of the city facing the Town Hall, almost like a symbol of the city’s aspiration, close to the playgrounds created some years earlier with the contribution of the local Focolari community together with the Municipality, upon the request of some children who had told the Mayor that they did not have a nice playground.
The proposal, launched by the Focolari Movement, was accepted by the Municipality. The building of the Dice, the sides of which are 120 cm high, with the load-bearing framework the height of a person, in a diagonal position, was the fruit of the generosity of many: the company that did most of the works, for example, offered to do it for free….
The inauguration was attended by 150 people, among which were various elementary and high school students and even toddlers frequenting the kindergartens. The representatives of the Catholic School, who for many years have used the dice in their classes, had proposed it to the entire town. There were also the gen4, children living the Focolari spirituality, who narrated to the crowd some of their experiences on how they try to love everyone. The next day, some children on their way to school, changed their itinerary in order to pass by the dice and give it a “turn.”
For those who want to practice a bit of the Hungarian language, these are the first six phrases of the dice:
megbocsátok a másiknak – forgive the others
meghallgatom a másikat – listen to others
mindenkit szeretek – I love everybody
elsőként szeretek – I am the first to love
szeretem a mellettem lévőt – we love one another
szeretem a másikat – I love the others