Bulgarian film on St. Ephraim of Nea Makri recognized by anti-drug contest (+VIDEO)

Blagoevgrad, Blagoevgrad Province, Bulgaria, December 8, 2023

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A Bulgarian film dedicated to miracles worked by St. Ephraim of Nea Makri, including helping people beat drug addiction, was honored at an official ceremony in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, last month.

The Lightning Saint tells about the angelic life, the brutal martyrdom, and startling miracles of St. Ephraim the New Martyr, as told by hierarchs and others from Greece and Romania, reports tribune.bg.

St. Ephraim has been one of the most beloved saints in Greece since his relics were discovered in 1950, 524 years after his martyrdom.

Besides stories about drug addiction, the film also tells the stories of people who were healed of cancer, the return to life of a dead baby in the womb, and the recovery of a mentally ill Bulgarian woman who had tried to commit suicide.

Late last month, the official ceremony for the Heart and Word Against Drugs contest was held, at which Blagoevgrad mayor Metodi Baikushev and Irish ambassador to Bulgaria Martina Feeney presented the national award for the Lightning Saint to journalist Angel Bonchev.

The annual contest aims to honor and incentivize journalists who have contributed to the faith against the spread of drugs.

The documentary has been the most popular film about a saint in Bulgaria over the past three years since it was released.

Watch the trailer for the film:

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