Filaret (Denysenko)

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Patriarch Filaret (secular name Mykhailo Antonovych Denysenko, born 23 January 1929) is the primate and Patriarch of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Kiev Patriarchate. He has been the patriarch since 2019. Before, he was the patriarch between 1995 to 2018.[1][2]

He was the honorary Patriarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine from 2018 to 2019, and the former Metropolitan of Kiev of the Russian Orthodox Church between 1966 to 1992. He was defrocked and in 1997 excommunicated by the ROC.[3]

In March 2020, during a television interview, Filaret called the coronavirus pandemic a "divine punishment" for same-sex marriage.[4][5]

On 8 September 2020, Filaret tested positive for COVID-19 and pneumonia.[6][7]

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  1. "Phanar considers Filaret an ordinary bishop without an episcopal see". 14 October 2018. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  2. "ΑΠΟΚΛΕΙΣΤΙΚΟ | Βαρθολομαίος σε Ονούφριο: Δεν μπορείτε να έχετε πλέον τον τίτλο Κιέβου". ROMFEA (in Greek). 7 December 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  3. "Announcement (11/10/2018). - Announcements - The Ecumenical Patriarchate".
  4. "Yet Another Religious Leader Blames Coronavirus On The LGBT+ Community. This Time An LGBT+ Organisation Is Suing Him". myGwork. 2020-04-22. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  5. admin (2020-03-22). "Coronavirus in the world – Filaret says same-sex marriage caused COVID-19 pandemic". CoRona 24 News. Retrieved 2020-09-08.[permanent dead link]
  6. EDT, Ewan Palmer On 9/8/20 at 8:31 AM (2020-09-08). "Church leader who blamed coronavirus on gay marriage contracts COVID-19". Newsweek. Retrieved 2020-09-08.
  7. "Religious leader who blamed gay marriage for coronavirus now has coronavirus". Metro. 2020-09-07. Retrieved 2020-09-08.