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Faithfuls mourn loss of Unification Church founder

GAPYEONG, South Korea, Aug. 23 (Yonhap) -- Tens of thousands of followers of the Unification Church gathered at its Seoul compound on Friday to mark the first anniversary of its founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon's death. About 25,000 people from 70 countries took part in the memorial ceremony that was broadcast live worldwide on the Internet from the CheongShim Peace World Center, a church-owned sports and cultural center, in Gapyeong, 60 kilometers east of Seoul. The self-claimed messiah died at the age of 92 on Sept. 3, 2012 due to complications from pneumonia.

Faithfuls mourn loss of Unification Church founder

GAPYEONG, South Korea, Aug. 23 (Yonhap) -- Tens of thousands of followers of the Unification Church gathered at its Seoul compound on Friday to mark the first anniversary of its founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon's death. About 25,000 people from 70 countries took part in the memorial ceremony that was broadcast live worldwide on the Internet from the CheongShim Peace World Center, a church-owned sports and cultural center, in Gapyeong, 60 kilometers east of Seoul. The self-claimed messiah died at the age of 92 on Sept. 3, 2012, due to complications from pneumonia.

Japanese 'Moonies' set on fire in S. Korea

A follower of the Unification Church started a fire at its South Korean headquarters Thursday, injuring herself and two others a day before the anniversary of the death of its founder, church officials said. The incident happened around 4:00pm in a village at the church's global headquarters in Gapyeong east of Seoul, a church spokesman said. The Japanese woman and a male church minister, who came together from Japan to mark the first anniversary of the death of Sun Myung Moon, suffered burns and are in serious condition in hospital, he said.

Three 'Moonies' set themselves ablaze in S. Korea

Three Japanese Unification Church members set themselves on fire in South Korea Thursday before the first anniversary of the death of the controversial church founder Sun Myung Moon, a report said. The two women and one man had doused themselves with paint thinner and set themselves alight in a village at the church's global headquarters in Gapyeong east of Seoul, Yonhap news agency said. They suffered severe burns and two of them were in serious condition, it added. Church officials were not available for comment.

Thousands marry in first 'post-Moon' mass wedding

Thousands of Unification Church members got married in a mass wedding in South Korea Sunday -- the first since the death of their "messiah" and controversial church founder Sun Myung Moon. Some 3,500 identically-dressed couples -- many of mixed nationality who had met just days before -- took part in the ceremony at the church's global headquarters in Gapyeong, east of the capital Seoul.

First Moon church mass wedding since founder's death

Thousands of Unification Church followers were married in a mass wedding in South Korea Sunday -- the first since the death of their "messiah" and controversial church founder Sun Myung Moon. Some 3,500 identically-dressed couples -- many of mixed nationality who had met just days before -- took part in the ceremony at the church's headquarters in Gapyeong, east of the capital Seoul.
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