3 Sep 2012

Death of Rev Moon

8:29 am on 3 September 2012

Sun Myung Moon, whose Unification Church became famous for marrying thousands of people in a single ceremony, has died in Seoul.

He set up the Church, popularly known as the Moonies, in the 1950s in the South Korean capital.

Reverend Moon, 92, attracted huge publicity through mass weddings and his claims to be the new messiah chosen by God.

He carried on an active public life until recently, officiating a mass wedding for 2500 in March and led a service of more than 15,000 followers in July.

He was also a fervent anti-Communist and set up newspapers and media businesses around the world, including The Washington Times.