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.

大主教菲拉雷特是乌克兰东正教会基辅主教,据报道,他目前情况稳定,正在接受治疗。9月4日,教会在Facebook上宣布菲拉雷特的新冠病毒检测呈阳性。



The 91-year-old made headlines in March when he told a Ukrainian TV channel that the coronavirus crisis was "God's punishment for the sins of men, the sinfulness of humanity."
"First of all, I mean same-sex marriage," he added.

今年3月,这位91岁的老人在接受乌克兰一家电视台采访时说,新冠病毒危机是“上帝对人类罪孽的惩罚,是人类罪恶的表现”,他因此登上了新闻头条。
“首先,我指的是同性婚姻,”他补充道。

The Ukranian LGBTQ+ group Insight sued the leader following his comments, saying his words could potentially fuel hate and discrimination. The lawsuit called for an apology from Filaret and a retraction from him and the TV channel, the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported.

乌克兰LGBTQ+团体在他的言论后起诉了他,称他的言论可能会助长仇恨和歧视。据汤森路透基金会报道,该诉讼要求菲拉雷特道歉,并要求菲拉雷特本人和电视频道撤回声明。

"Our aim is to show people that there is no longer place for such statements from church leaders in Ukraine," Olena Shevchenko, head of Insight, told the organization in April.

“我们的目的是向人们表明,乌克兰的教会领袖不再有发表此类言论的地方,”Insight负责人奥莱娜·舍甫琴科4月份告诉该组织。

Amnesty International Ukraine condemned Filaret's comments at the time.

乌克兰国际特赦组织当时谴责了菲拉雷特的言论。

"Such statements ... are very harmful because they could lead to increased attacks, aggression, discrimination and acceptance of violence against certain groups," Maria Guryeva, a spokeswoman for the organization, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“这样的声明…非常有害,因为它们可能导致针对某些群体的袭击、侵略、歧视和暴力行为的增加,”该组织发言人玛丽亚·古里耶娃对汤森路透基金会表示。

The church responded to the lawsuit, saying, "As the head of the church and as a man, the Patriarch has the freedom to express his views, which are based on morality."

教会对诉讼的回应是,“作为教会的领袖和人,主教有表达他基于道德的观点的自由。”

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church--Kiev Patriarchate is one of the largest Christian denominations in the country. Members of the Kiev Patriarchate made up about 25% of Ukraine's 27.8 million Orthodox believers in 2016, according to the Ukrainian think tank Razumkov Centre.

乌克兰东正教——是该国最大的基督教教派之一。乌克兰智库拉祖姆科夫中心的数据显示,2016年,乌克兰2780万东正教信徒中,基辅牧首约占25%。

Relationships between people of the same sex are legal in Ukraine, although the country does not currently recognize same-sex marriage, according to the LGBT database site Equaldex. Ukraine ranked 35 out of 49 countries in a ranking of European countries for LGBTQ+ friendliness, according to the European region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA-Europe).

根据同性恋数据库网站Equaldex的说法,尽管乌克兰目前不承认同性婚姻,但同性之间的关系在乌克兰是合法的。根据国际女同性恋、男同性恋、双性恋、变性人和阴阳人协会对欧洲国家同性恋的排名,乌克兰在49个国家中排名第35。

As of Wednesday, there have been more than 143,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ukraine. Nearly 3,000 people have died.

截至周三,乌克兰已确诊新冠肺炎病例超过14.3万例。近3000人死亡。