"First of all, I mean same-sex marriage," he clarified during a national TV broadcast, Reuters reported.
A Ukrainian LGBTQ+ group even announced they were suing the religious leader over his "dangerous" rhetoric.
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"Such statements... are very harmful because they could lead to increased attacks, aggression, discrimination and acceptance of violence against certain groups," said Amnesty International Ukraine's Maria Guryeva.
As the LGBTQ+ groups put pressure on the church — as well as the broadcaster — to apologize and retract his statements, His Holiness was unrepentant.