About 35,000 people gathered Saturday for the funeral of Sun Myung Moon, the self-proclaimed messiah and founder of the Unification Church. The elaborate service was held at at a church-owned mansion in South Korea. The 92-year-old died two weeks ago.
Moon's son, Hyung Jin Moon, took over the church four years ago. He told mourners that his father had "accomplished God's will and holy tasks entrusted to him."
The Unification Church was officially founded by Sun Myung Moon in 1954. His followers have been dubbed "Moonies." Moon moved to America in 1959, where he established his international headquarters. He claimed that Jesus Christ appeared to him in 1936 and told him that God had chosen him for the mission of establishing the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.
Moon, a staunch anti-Communist, had a successful business empire as well as his church. Critics have questioned his murky finances and massive, pre-arranged weddings.
He is survived by his wife and 10 of their 13 children.
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