In Wallachia, the Bellu family made a fortune and became related to important local families of boyars (nobles), such as the Cantacuzinos, Văcărescus, Câmpineanus, Sturdzas, and other old Romanian families. Thus Alexandru Bellu’s grandfather, who lived in the 1900s, married Irina Văcărescu; the family later concluded a matrimonial alliance with Eliza Ştirbei, daughter of Prince Barbu Ştirbei — and the examples may continue.
Once, a Christian lady wanted to meet Elder Cleopa, as she had never seen him. Upon passing by his cell, she bowed and said in her mind: “I kiss your hand, Father”. Right then she heard in her mind the Elder’s voice, saying: “May God’s peace be with you, my daughter”. Then, with a heart filled with peace and joy, she walked on.
From “The Life of Elder Cleopa” by Archim. Ioanichie Bălan