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3,500 couples say 'I do' in Moon church mass wedding
Sunday, February 17th, 2013

Some 3,500 couples said "I do" on Sunday in a mass wedding ceremony organized by the Unification Church in South Korea. 

It was the first mass wedding held since the death of the church's founder, Sun Myung Moon, five months ago.

Moon's 70-year-old widow, Hak Ja Han, presided over the ceremony at the church's headquarters in Gapyeong, east of the capital Seoul.

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Some 3,500 identically-dressed couples – many of mixed nationality who had met just days before – took part in a mass wedding at the Unification Church's headquarters in Gapyeong, east of the capital Seoul, on Sunday. It was the first such event since the death of the church's founder, Sun Myung Moon, five months ago.

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Newly-married couples applaud at the end of the mass wedding ceremony organised by the Unification Church on Sunday.

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Newly-weds hold hands and pray during the mass wedding ceremony.

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Many of the couples were of mixed nationality who had met just days before the ceremony.

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Hak Ja Han, the 70-year-old widow of church founder Sun Myung Moon, presided over the event for the first time without her husband who died five months ago, aged 92, of complications from pneumonia.

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Hak Ja Han sprinkles the church's holy water over newly-married couples.

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A bride talks on her cellphone during the mass wedding ceremony.

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Newly-weds relax during the ceremony.

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Couples pray during the mass wedding ceremony.

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Rows of couples stand during the mass wedding ceremony.

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