Ukrainian church leader who called Covid-19 'God's punishment' for same-sex marriage tests positive for virus

Patriarch Filaret in front of the St. Sophia Cathedral in Kiev in October 2018.

(CNN)A prominent Ukrainian church leader who previously said the Covid-19 pandemic was "God's punishment" for same-sex marriage has tested positive for the virus.

Patriarch Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church--Kiev Patriarchate, is reportedly stable and undergoing treatment. The church announced in a Facebook post on September 4 that Filaret had tested positive for Covid-19.
"His Holiness Patriarch Filaret is especially grateful to everyone who shows his love and support in prayers for his health," the church said in a statement on Tuesday.