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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.

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.

On 8 September 2020, Filaret tested positive for COVID-19 and pneumonia.

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