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Thousands of 'Moonies' marry in first mass wedding after founder's death

Some 3,500 couples took part in the Unification Church's mass wedding ceremony. Photo: AFP

Thousands of Unification Church members got married in a mass wedding in South Korea on Sunday – the first since the death of their “messiah” and controversial church founder Sun Myung-moon.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Moon's son meets aunt in N Korea

The youngest son and successor to Sun Myung Moon had a tearful reunion with his North Korean aunt as they mourned the death of the Unification Church founder in Pyongyang, a church official said.

9 Sep 2012 - 4:06am

Sun Hyung Moon's influence held South Korea's Unification Church together

Hyung Jin Moon, who has led the church for the past four years.

The death of Sun Myung Moon robs his Unification Church of the glue that sustained its global following as a cohesive religious and financial force even as membership dwindled from its 1980s peak, analysts say.

5 Sep 2012 - 2:56am

Moonies mourn death of Unification Church founder Sun Myung Moon

A girl sits on the steps of a Unification church in Seoul yesterday as followers pray at a service to honour their leader Sun Myung Moon, who has died at the age of 92. Photo: AP

Members of the controversial Unification Church, famed for its mass weddings, were in mourning yesterday after the death of its founder, Sun Myung Moon.

Moon, the self-styled messiah from South Korea who built a business empire spanning cars to sushi, was taken to hospital with complications from pneumonia more than two weeks ago.

4 Sep 2012 - 3:11am

Reverend Moon, Unification Church founder, dies at 92

Reverend Sun Myung-moon in 2005. His followers were often called "Moonies". Photo: AP

The Reverend Sun Myung-moon was a self-proclaimed messiah who built a global business empire. He called both North Korean leaders and American presidents his friends, but spent time in prisons in both countries. His followers around the world cherished him, while his detractors accused him of brainwashing recruits and extracting money from worshippers.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am