A Living Centenarian Saint in Sofia, Bulgaria


Dobri Dobrev, now 101 years old, is a well-known sight in Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city. He is so well-known that the liberal-leaning Huffington Post even covered him here. The centenarian begs from passerby, but gives literally all donations to the Bulgarian Orthodox Church for the maintenance and construction of churches, monasteries, and the upkeep of orphanages. Most famously, he made the largest single recorded donation to the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria’s national Orthodox shrine and see (thronos) of the Patriarch of Bulgaria. He has given over 40,000 euros to these causes. Many revere him as a living saint. Here is a short video about him, loosely translated from Bulgarian.

The pious old man usually declines interviews, but he once replied to someone who tried to interview him about why he does what he does: “The good will is just and true. Everything in it is good. We must not lie, nor steal, nor commit adultery. We must love each other as God loves us.”

May we all show mercy to beggars, for some among them may be like this righteous, pious man.

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