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An estimated 35,000 attend elaborate funeral for Sun Myung Moon

An estimated 35,000 attend elaborate funeral for Sun Myung Moon

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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About D. Beeksma

One of the growing crowd of American "nones" herself, Deborah is a prolific writer who finds religion, spirituality and the impact of belief (and non-belief) on culture inspiring, fascinating and at times, disturbing. She hosts the God Discussion show and handles the site's technical work. Her education and background is in business, ecommerce and law.
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bruce-Daniel-Biddle/667829131 Bruce Daniel Biddle

    I attended this wonderful event. The passing of Father Moon brought together his amazing international family of faith.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004406910349 Morgan-LynnGriggs Lamberth

    Fools!

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