‘Liv­ing saint’ dies

Kuwait Times - - International -

SOFIA: “Grandpa” Do­bri, a beg­gar hailed as a ‘liv­ing saint’ in Bul­garia for do­nat­ing thou­sands to Ortho­dox Chris­tian churches, died Tues­day at the age of 103, church lead­ers said. For over 25 years, the hunched fig­ure in a thread­bare coat and peas­ant san­dals hold­ing a cup for do­na­tions was a reg­u­lar sight at the en­trance to Sofia’s Seven Saints church or the Alexander Nevski cathe­dral in the city cen­tre. Do­bri Do­brev be­came the golden-domed cathe­dral’s largest pri­vate donor with his gift of 35,700 leva (18,200 eu­ros, $22,500) in 2009. He went on to help a num­ber of monas­ter­ies and smaller churches by do­nat­ing the alms he col­lected through the years, which added up to con­sid­er­able sums in Bul­garia, the Euro­pean Union’s poor­est coun­try.

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